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"Especially Special": Learning About Jews in a Fundamentalist Christian School


by Simone Schweber & Rebekah Irwin — 2003

Based on the premise that private religious schools function sociologically as crucibles for collective memory work, this study examined the image of Jews conveyed through a Holocaust unit as taught at a fundamentalist Christian school. After presenting an analysis of both the enacted and experienced curricular dimensions of the unit, we argue that studies of abstracted others studied about rather than interacted within communal religious schools potentially pose problematic implications for students' multicultural sensibilities. Moreover, we claim that, given these implications, religion, as a category, ought to be both more consistently included within multicultural education frameworks and more closely examined within lived, classroom practice.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 9, 2003, p. 1693-1719
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11562, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 6:46:14 AM

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  • Simone Schweber
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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    SIMONE SCHWEBER is the Goodman (Assistant) Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches courses on teaching social studies, religion and education, and history and memory. Her first book, forthcoming from Teachers College Press, concerns the representation of the Holocaust enacted in U.S. public high schools. Her most recent article, ‘‘Simulating Survival,’’ was published in the Summer, 2003 issue of Curriculum Inquiry, 33(2).
  • Rebekah Irwin
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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    REBEKAH IRWIN earned graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction and in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research interests include cultural biases in information technologies and the intellectual and social potential of digital technologies. She resides in Bozeman, Montana.
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