ERIC Number: ED320283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
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Schooling and Religion: A Secular Humanist View.
Bauer, Norman J.
The proper relation between religion and public schooling is addressed in this paper which reviews the secular humanist position and recommends ways to pursue the study of religion in classrooms. This dual purpose is achieved through the following process: (1) reconstruction of an empirical-naturalistic image of reality (Image 1); (2) construction of an image of reflective thought, which is the product of this view of reality (Image 2); and (3) examination of the implications of the two images for the philosophy of education, sociopolitical order, and curricular content, organization, and implementation. The secular humanist position is not foreign to the notion of religious ideas and values. Images 1 and 2 stress the contemporary secular humanists' optimistic belief in human nature and scientific reason for the attainment of human fulfillment. This position is compatible with the stance held by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for the integration of religious study within public schools. (17 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association (Chicago, IL, October 25-26, 1989).