ERIC Number: ED465656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching World Religions: A Report of FPRI's History Institute for Teachers.
Hay, William Anthony
Foreign Policy Research Institute FootNotes, v7 n2 Dec 2001
The growing demand for guidance on teaching about the world religions in U.S. high schools and colleges over the past few years prompted the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) to devote its seventh annual History Institute, April 2001, to exploring the topic. The institute brought together university faculty and 44 high school teachers from 16 states to discuss the best recent scholarship on world religions and how that scholarship can be used the classroom. FPRI has long recognized the key role that religion plays in international affairs. Recent headlines on terrorism and conflict in the Middle East underline the point. A world religion is one with a global following not restricted to members of a particular society, nation, or culture. By that definition, there are three world religions today: (1) Christianity; (2) Islam; and (3) Buddhism. The institute attendees did not question whether religious studies belonged in the curriculum but rather how it should be presented as a vital part of the humanities. The high school teachers agreed that studying about world religions is important to understanding so many other subjects in the curriculum and addresses fundamental questions that students ask regarding the meaning of life. The group concluded that developing an effective synthesis for the classroom remains the key challenge for teaching about world religions. (BT)
Descriptors: Global Approach, High Schools, Higher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Professional Development, Religion, Religion Studies, Secondary School Teachers, Social Studies, World Problems
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Research Inst., Philadelphia, PA.