ERIC Number: ED256688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Teaching about Religion in the Public Schools. Fastback 224.
Kniker, Charles B.
The purpose of this booklet is to clarify what can be taught about religion in public schools while remaining within constitutional guidelines and using teaching material that is pedagogically sound. The first section, "Religion is a Fact of Life," covers the historical background, the current situation, and issues to resolve in teaching about religion. "Preparing to Teach about Religion" deals with the place of religion in the curriculum, teacher preparation, and resources. "The Bible in Literature Classes," discusses approaches to using the Bible and some classroom problems. The next section, "Teaching About Religion in the Social Studies," covers guidelines for this area, a sample lesson, and curriculum resources. "Community Relations and Teaching about Religion" deals with the controversies surrounding this topic, involvement of the community in developing policy guidelines, implementation of such guidelines, and resources. Two pages of additional references are also provided. (IS)
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Curriculum Design, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature, Public Schools, Religion, Social Studies, State Church Separation
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Publication of this fastback was sponsored by the Sacramento California Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.