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Grappling With Diversity: Finding a Place for Religious Studies in Public Education


by Suzanne Rosenblith & Bea Bailey — April 05, 2006

Our article discusses the need for required religious studies courses in America’s public schools as well as certified religious studies teachers. In a cantankerous and highly diverse religious country, citizens need basic content and critical skills to better appreciate and respect the religious other. The required UK religious studies curriculum is suggested as a possible model to begin necessary public conversations on our proposal.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 05, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12372, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 4:08:57 AM

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  • Suzanne Rosenblith
    Clemson University
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    SUZANNE ROSENBLITH is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations at Clemson University. Her primary areas of scholarship are religion, epistemology, and social and political theory.
  • Bea Bailey
    Clemson University
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    BEA BAILEY is a professor of education in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University where she teaches courses in secondary curriculum and instruction. Her research interests include 1) Appalachian religions, literature, history and cultures; 2) place-based education; 3) democratic schooling; and 4) religious studies curricula and teacher certification. Several of Bea’s recent publications have appeared in the Religion section of the 2006 Appalachian Encyclopedia published by University of Tennessee Press.
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