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ERIC Number: EJ798954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
One Nation, Many Gods
Kilman, Carrie
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n3 p14-20 Nov 2007
For decades, educators have wrestled with how to handle the increasingly diverse religions of an increasingly diverse student body. Sometimes, the line between church and state--what schools can and cannot do under the Constitution--can feel confusing and slippery. Today, religion has become a subject one high school teachers describes as even more controversial than sex-ed. Teachers feel ill-equipped to talk about it. In a post-9-11 world, students increasingly face harassment for what they believe. Yet, today's students will interact with a far more pluralistic society than their parents or grandparents did. If faith-based intolerance is ever to be confronted, some educators say schools are exactly the place religion should be addressed. After a divisive, public battle over the role of tolerance in Modesto, California schools, a small group of teachers developed a ninth-grade world religions curriculum. Now, Modesto stands out as the only school district in the country that mandates a world religions course for high school graduation. Research shows that the course has increased students' respect for religious diversity. Teachers in Modesto hope their efforts will encourage other districts across the country to follow their lead.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California