For Goodness Sake: Religious Schools and Education for Democratic Citizenry

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Routledge, 2006 - 241 pages

While the fierce debate over religion in public schools receives ample media attention, we rarely consider the implications of religious schools on moral education and liberal democracy. In this groundbreaking work, Walter Feinberg opens up a critical new dialogue to offer a complete discussion of the important role religious schools play in the formation of a democratic citizenry. Feinberg, a leading philosopher of education, approaches the subject of religious education with a rare evenhandedness, drawing on examples from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim schools and exploring topics as disparate as sex education and creationism. For Goodness Sake provides a much-needed take on a controversial topic, demonstrating that the relationship between religion and schooling is not simply the exclusive concern of members of a given religious community, but a relevant and vital issue for everyone who cares about education.

 

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Contents

Religious Instruction and Moral Education
1
Back to School An Ethnography
15
The Nature of the Public Interest in Religious Education A Critical Analysis
105
The Reconstruction of ReligiousEducation A Pragmatic Framework
169
Notes
215
Works Cited
225
Index
229
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Walter Feinberg is the Charles Dunn Hardie Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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