ERIC Number: ED371970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Religious History in the Schools: A Preliminary Assessment.
Bigham, Darrel E.
This paper is a preliminary assessment and proposed plan of action resulting from a discussion of the state of religious history in Indiana schools. A group of teachers, professors, and administrators met informally in these discussions to identify opportunities for change. The group recognized that religion has been a major force in history, and has been central in the shaping of the cultural and communal identities that constitute the U.S. experience. At the elementary, secondary, and even postsecondary levels, however, such scholarship has not been used, perhaps because of concern that the teaching of religious history violates constitutional separation of church and state. A review of curriculum and reading materials discloses a lack of emphasis on religion as a factor in history. The study and understanding of the role of religion in U.S. history is key to a real insight into the development and character of U.S. communities. In the absence of such historical perception, students, and the community as a whole, develop a deformed view of the role played by religion and religious institutions in the common life. If progress is to be made and change effected, these concerns must be shared by schools, local and state historical and cultural groups, and religious institutions (chiefly but not exclusively congregations). Strategies for change in each of these groups are enumerated. A plan of action presented consists of five steps: (1) initial discussion of the proposal; (2) environmental scan; (3) report; (4) planning conference; and (5) programming. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana