ERIC Number: ED259969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Values the Public Schools Can Teach!
Davis, E. Dale; Grimes, Lewis H.
Despite the belief fostered by the media that religion has been removed from the public schools by recent Supreme Court decisions, these decisions have only removed the teaching of sectarian beliefs, not teaching about religion. Educators have not, generally, responded in a creative manner to the opportunity to teach about religion. Instead, the tendency has been to ignore religion. Educators have responded more positively to the need for teaching values but they have been criticized for not teaching values with a distinctly religious orientation. Public school officials must not capitulate to the strident voices of deeply committed parents holding to a tradition which represents only a single aspect of American pluralism. On the other hand, they cannot ignore these voices, diverse as they are among themselves. In the dialogue between themselves and their critics, perhaps educators must come to a clearer view of the responsibilities of the public schools in the teaching of civic values in relation to those who want their children to be taught a particular set of religious values. The basis for such a new policy is a clear recognition of the civic responsibilities of the public schools in relation to religious responsibilities of the family and to the religious institutions. (IS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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