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Grappling with the Good: Talking about Religion and Morality in Public Schools


reviewed by Lucille Eckrich — July 05, 2006

coverTitle: Grappling with the Good: Talking about Religion and Morality in Public Schools
Author(s): Robert Kunzman
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791466868, Pages: 168, Year: 2006
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Four years of teaching foundations of education courses led me to realize that many preservice teachers struggle to understand and mediate between their dual identities as religious persons and (soon-to-be) public school teachers. Our classroom discussions on topics such as gay issues in schools, multicultural diversity, and the distinctions among socialization, education, and indoctrination would raise the antennae of some religious students, and yet religion seemed to remain between the lines, a subtext that none of us quite knew how to broach in the classroom. Thus last year, instead of leaving religion on the periphery, I decided it was time to work with it as an explicit part of my foundations of education curriculum. I knew that teachers who had not had the opportunity to grapple with their own religious or ethical frameworks in the classroom would be hard pressed to know whether and how to help their own pupils... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 05, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12578, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 6:51:18 AM

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  • Lucille Eckrich
    Illinois State University
    LUCILLE ECKRICH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University. Recently, she published: "The Inefficiency of the 'Cult of Efficiency': Implications for Public Schooling and Education" in Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, 2(4), 1-8. Her work focuses on value in economics, ethics, and education, especially on our existing monetary relations and the conditions of the possibility of public education.
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