The Role of Religion in 21st Century Public Schools (2009)

Edited by Steven P. Jones and Eric C. Sheffield

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The fight over the role of religion in public schools is far from finished, and the last and final words have not been written. This collection of
original essays reveals and updates the battlefield. Included are essays on school prayer, the evolution/intelligent design debate, public funding
of religious groups on university campuses, religious themes in school-taught literature, and more. With diverse tones and points of view, these
essays offer quality scholarship while revealing and honoring the heat these themes generate.

2010 AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critic’s Choice Award


The Role of Religion in 21st–Century Public Schools
Steven P. Jones

Understanding Unbelief as Part of Religious Education
Nel Noddings

Seven Things the Establishment Clause Does Not Require
Jordan Lorence

Religion, Identity, and Morality in Public Schools
Jeremy Gunn

Metaphysics, Metaphor, and Meaningfulness: How to “Teach the Controversy” in Science Class
Steve Broidy

College Fraternities and Expressive Association: Discrimination, Diversity, and Education
Daniel Cohen

Prayer in Public Schools: Forming a More Perfect Union
Susan E. Waters 

Thwarting the Court: A Historical Perspective on Efforts to Undermine the Supreme Court’s School Prayer Decisions and the Effects on Religious Minorities
Craig A. Smith

To Hell and Back: Teaching Faith-Based Literature to the Devout
Ryan Kennedy

The Necessary Role of Religion in Civic Education
Craig S. Engelhardt

Seeking Spaces for Emotionally Connected Rationality Amongst Dogmatic Belief Systems
Andrew N. McKnight

Holding Tight with Open Hands—Education at Humlehaveskolen: A Majority Christian Culture and a Minority Muslim Culture Together in a Danish Public School
Karla J. Smart-Morstad
David P. Morstad, Jr.