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Religious Education and Political Conscience


by George A. Coe 1922

That the health of popular government depends upon the conscience as well as the intelligence of citizens, and that state schools exist for the purpose of maintaining the ethical as well as the intellectual conditions of good citizenship, are major premises in practically all American thinking upon education. But the obviousness and the habitualness of these assumptions may conceal from us the significance of what they imply, or do not imply. Theoretically, it seems, the state is an ethical being that maintains its own continuity by rearing the young in schools. What views of its own moral life, then, does the state incorporate in school laws and regulations? Are public-school teachers and administrators trained to render, and do they render, expert service in the field of political morality? What sort of political conscience, as a matter of fact, are they in position to develop in the future citizen?


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 23 Number 4, 1922, p. 297-304
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4143, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 2:30:10 AM

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