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ERIC Number: EJ988718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
How to Talk about Religion
Kunzman, Robert
Educational Leadership, v69 n7 p44-48 Apr 2012
Given the prevalence of religion talk in today's world, another form of fluency is needed. Civic multilingualism is the ability to converse across different religious and ethical perspectives in search of understanding, compromise, and common ground. According to the author, this may represent the greatest social challenge of the 21st century. Several important conceptual distinctions can foster civic multilingualism in school and help teachers productively engage students in discussions about religion in the classroom. These include focusing on respect instead of tolerance, focusing on the civic implications of the beliefs rather than on the beliefs themselves, clarifying that respect doesn't mean endorsement, and understanding that respectful conversation and reasonable disagreement are essential practices in a democracy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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