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Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance Linda K. Wertheimer

Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance

Linda K. Wertheimer

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A look at the debate over religion in public schools—and how to best teach children religious literacy and toleranceVeteran education journalist Linda K. Wertheimer has traveled the nation listening to all sides of the controversy surrounding theMoreA look at the debate over religion in public schools—and how to best teach children religious literacy and toleranceVeteran education journalist Linda K. Wertheimer has traveled the nation listening to all sides of the controversy surrounding the teaching of religion in public schools, interviewing clergy, teachers, children, and parents who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, and atheist. In Lumberton, Texas, a hundred people filled a school board meeting to protest a teacher’s dress-up exercise in which a girl was allowed to try on a burka during a lesson on Islam. In Tampa, the head of a Muslim civil rights group spoke to high school history classes about Islam, sparking debate about which guest speakers are appropriate. In Wichita, a Messianic Jewish familys opposition to an elementary school’s display about Islam led to such upheaval that the school hired extra security. But in Modesto, the heart of California’s Bible Belt, teachers have avoided problems since 2000, when the district began requiring high school freshmen to take a world religions course. Students learn to fight for their rights and those of religious minorities who once seemed alien. Wertheimer’s fascinating investigation reveals a public education system struggling to find the right path forward and offers a promising roadmap for raising a generation of religiously literate Americans.