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Religious Schooling in America : Private Education and Public Life - Steven L. Jones

Religious Schooling in America

Private Education and Public Life

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Advocates of religious schooling have frequently had to answer the charge that what they supported was un-American. In a book that is more than just a history, Jones tries to make sense of that charge by tracing the development of religious schooling in America over the last 125 years. He explores the rationale for religious schooling on the part of those who choose it for their children and in terms of its impact on communities, and he considers the arguments of those who criticize such schools for undermining efforts to promote national unity. The book focuses on the gradual embrace of sectarian schooling by different religious communities in America, particularly Catholics, Jews, and later, conservative Protestants (mainly in the form of homeschooling). It also considers Muslim schools, not currently a force in private schooling or the subject of much debate, but perhaps next in line to make their case for a place in America's educational landscape. Near the end of the 19th century, publicly financed, publicly administered schooling emerged as the default educational arrangement for American children. But this supremacy has not gone unchallenged. The sectarian schools that, in fact, predate public education in America have survived, even thrived, over the past century. Multiple religious communities, including those that opposed sectarian schooling in earlier generations, have now embraced it for their children.

"In this ambitious work, the author has shown himself to be fair, exact, and responsive to alternate views of education in America. He has undertaken an extremely difficult and even volatile study with tact and equanimity. In these pages he has presented the educational terrain in a way that should garner him appreciation and respect from public, religious and home-schools alike. In these seven discrete chapters he presents us with the historical background which enables the reader to understand the many facets of differing views of how America's children should and can be educated." - Catholic Library World "The best things about this book are that it is full of detailed information-names, dates, percentages, and such-and it is well written, well organized, up-to-date, and easy to read... Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students." - Choice

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Public and Private Schooling in Americap. 1
The Place of Schooling in Religious Communitiesp. 35
Religious Schools and the Undermining of Democracyp. 59
Religious Schools and the Fulfillment of Democratic Freedomp. 87
Joining America's Civil Religionp. 115
Islamic Schooling in Americap. 135
Conclusion: Moving the Debate Forwardp. 161
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780313351891
ISBN-10: 0313351899
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48