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Does God Belong in Public Schools?


reviewed by Warren A. Nord — 2006

coverTitle: Does God Belong in Public Schools?
Author(s): Kent Greenawalt
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton
ISBN: 0691121117, Pages: 261, Year: 2005
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Kent Greenawalt of the Columbia University School of Law is the author of a number of highly regarded books on the intersection of law, politics, and religion.  His most recent book is an insightful and very helpful discussion on the role of religion in public education.  Much of the book deals with constitutional issues, but he often goes beyond legal analysis to pass educational judgment on various ways of dealing with religion in public schools.  While he is occasionally critical of the Supreme Court’s religion clause jurisprudence, Greenawalt believes that the Court has gotten it more or less right over the sixty years it has applied the religion clauses to the states and public education (p. 7).  Happily, he concludes that good education never requires anything that happens to be unconstitutional (p. 153).    The book might be divided into two sections:  first, a series of chapters on non-curricular controversies (school prayer,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 152-156
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12015, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 4:18:26 AM

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  • Warren A. Nord
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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    WARREN A. NORD teaches the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where, for twenty-five years, he was director of the University’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values. He is the author of many articles and two books, Religion and American Education: Rethinking a National Dilemma (1995) and (with Charles C. Haynes) Taking Religion Seriously Across the Curriculum (1998).
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