ERIC Number: ED542687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1941
Reference Count: 0
Weekday Classes in Religious Education Conducted on Released School Time for Public-School Pupils. Bulletin, 1941, No. 3
Davis, Mary Dabney
US Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
No extended inquiry is required to discover in this country a widespread and serious concern that education for children and young persons shall include attention to the development of ethical attitudes and practices. Examination of the writings of parents, school officials, public officials, and character-building agencies indicates that all agree on this need, which they see as vital to the implementing of democratic ideas and the perpetuation of our national ideals. How to accomplish this purpose is the puzzling question. Is it a matter of character or moral education inside the limits established by our traditionally accepted theory of the separation of church and state? Or is it essentially a matter of religious instruction? If so, whose responsibility is it? During the present century, in fact, in the last 20 years, as shown by this study, a new institution or at least a new community practice has developed as an answer to the question - the weekday school for religious education. Reports show that approximately 500 communities of all sizes, in all parts of the country, now release children during school time for religious education. Inquiries from other interested communities raise such questions as these: What responsibility do schools have for religious education? Is school time the most appropriate time for religious education? Is religious education something separate and apart from character education? Is it separate and apart from denominational teaching? What qualifications should teachers have for religious instruction? Are weekday religious education programs usually conducted in school buildings by school personnel? Is school credit given for such study? Which schools release children for religious education? Do all children attend such classes? If so, how are teachers employed during that time? If not, what do the remaining children do? The author attempts to answer these, and other, questions in this report. A bibliography is provided. (Contains 15 tables. Individual chapters contain footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.
Descriptors: School Personnel, Religious Education, Values Education, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, State Church Separation, Teacher Role, School Role, Legal Responsibility, Agency Cooperation, Moral Values, Elementary Schools, High Schools, Teaching Methods, Released Time, School Schedules
US Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, US Office of Education (ED)