ERIC Number: ED320843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Religion in American History: What To Teach and How.
Haynes, Charles C.
It is clear that there is a new consensus in this country supporting teaching about religion and religious liberty in public schools. For too long educators have misunderstood the distinction between teaching religion, which is unconstitutional, and teaching about religion, which is not only constitutional, but necessary for a sound education. This book is a guide for social studies teachers who wish to teach about the influence of religion and religious events in U.S. history. Part 1 of the book provides a comprehensive list of the significant religious influences in the history of the nation. Part 2 describes a practical method for natural inclusion of religious influences using original source documents. Teachers are urged to copy and use the 13 facsimiles in the book and the background information that accompanies each one to help students interpret history based on their own reading of the documents. Part 3 contains consensus statements and general guidelines for teaching about religion in a public school setting. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Educational Change, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Public Schools, Religion Studies, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, United States History
Association for Supervision and Curriculum, 1250 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.