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ERIC Number: ED432029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-17
Pages: 36
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Religious Identity at School or Not? Expanding the Classroom Community To Include All Families.
Jervis, Kathe
This paper explores the role of religious beliefs in children's education. It raises the question of whether educators should encourage talk about a child's religion in the classroom, in parent-teacher conversations, and in preservice and professional development settings. The article uses two vignettes drawn from a study of a public elementary school in New York City. The vignettes focus on how the celebration of Halloween and the school's talent show brought into sharp focus the mediating factors that religion can wield in education. The paper describes the classroom setting and the culture of the school. It discusses the opening of the school year and provides a detailed explanation of how one little girl reacted to the school's elaborate celebration of Halloween. It describes how religious beliefs came to bear on the celebration and the effects that this event had on the child and her parents. The vignette highlights how the uneasy place of religion in public schools and parents' desire not to have their children stand out can lead to mistrust and silence, both of which are counterproductive to education. The article describes the importance of collaborative forums so that the boundaries between home and school can be explored in an open manner. Contains 18 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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