A Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools

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Overview

According to William Jeynes, the lack of both school prayer and consistent moral instruction in our schools has had devastating consequences both for our education system and for the nation as a whole. In A Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools, Jeynes makes a compelling case for restoring moral instruction and nonspecific religious moments to the classroom as a way of restoring a much needed moral grounding in American society in general.

A Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools traces the history of character education in the public schools, including coverage of leading advocates of their inclusion from Thomas Jefferson to DeWitt Clinton to Horace Mann. Jeynes then offers a broad survey of the country since the Supreme Court decisions of 1962 and 1963, asserting that most of America's greatest problems are moral in nature, and could be addressed by making moral instruction and a focus on the spiritual a part of our young citizens' school lives.

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What People Are Saying

Professor Tim Scully

Director of Institute of Dame

"In this remarkable book, Bill Jeynes makes an impassioned case for moral education and the place for voluntary prayer in schools in the United States. His analysis begins with the Founding Fathers and offers a fresh understanding of the First Amendment and, in particular, powerfully debunks conventional and misleading interpretations of free exercise and non-establishment. He explains how these conventional interpretations gave way to a secular bias, ultimately leading to the removal of prayer and moral instruction from American schools. Quoting the dissenting opinion in Engel v. Vitale, the 1962 Supreme Court case banning prayer from schools, Jeynes offers an incisive indictment of the implications of these decisions: 'The decision resulted in 'the establishment of a religion of secularism.' Jeynes argues persuasively for a renewed appreciation of the role of religion in American civic life and the importance of character formation and prayer in

the educational lives of our nation's children."

Dr. Zehavit Gross

Head

"A Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools is a profound and thought-provoking analysis of the history of moral education and prayer in public schools in America. The breadth and depth of William Jeynes' vision are remarkable. The book integrates the insights Jeynes gained during his successful career as a distinguished scholar of religious education. He asserts that many of the problems in the USA today are moral and therefore revisiting and reintroducing character education and taking a moment of silence would be wise. Educators will surely benefit from this important book."

Dr. Zehavit Gross

Head, Policy, Administration and Leadership in Informal Education Systems

School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Jack Klenk

"William Jeynes argues persuasively for public schools to pay attention to character education and religious freedom. Millions of parents choose private and home schools because they want their children taught in schools that provide moral education and respect religious expression. Can public schools do a better job in these areas? Jeynes makes the case that they must, and gives historical evidence that until relatively recently they did.'

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Jack Klenk, former director of the Office of Non-Public Education at the U.S. Department of Education

Professor Tim ScullyDirector of Institute of Educational InitiativesProfessor of Political ScienceUn
"In this remarkable book, Bill Jeynes makes an impassioned case for moral education and the place for voluntary prayer in schools in the United States. His analysis begins with the Founding Fathers and offers a fresh understanding of the First Amendment and, in particular, powerfully debunks conventional and misleading interpretations of free exercise and non-establishment. He explains how these conventional interpretations gave way to a secular bias, ultimately leading to the removal of prayer and moral instruction from American schools. Quoting the dissenting opinion in Engel v. Vitale, the 1962 Supreme Court case banning prayer from schools, Jeynes offers an incisive indictment of the implications of these decisions: 'The decision resulted in 'the establishment of a religion of secularism.' Jeynes argues persuasively for a renewed appreciation of the role of religion in American civic life and the importance of character formation and prayer in the educational lives of our nation's children."
Jack Klenk
"William Jeynes argues persuasively for public schools to pay attention to character education and religious freedom. Millions of parents choose private and home schools because they want their children taught in schools that provide moral education and respect religious expression. Can public schools do a better job in these areas? Jeynes makes the case that they must, and gives historical evidence that until relatively recently they did.'
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Dr. Zehavit GrossHead
"A Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools is a profound and thought-provoking analysis of the history of moral education and prayer in public schools in America. The breadth and depth of William Jeynes' vision are remarkable. The book integrates the insights Jeynes gained during his successful career as a distinguished scholar of religious education. He asserts that many of the problems in the USA today are moral and therefore revisiting and reintroducing character education and taking a moment of silence would be wise. Educators will surely benefit from this important book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313351037
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Do Americans need moral education and religious freedom returned to the public schools? 1

2 The schools of educational philosophy 37

3 Prayer in the school and moral education in America prior to the Revolutionary War 63

4 Character education during the post-Revolutionary War period 93

5 Prayer and moral education in the eyes of the founders of the modern day public school 137

6 The practice of character education from the mid-1800s until 1962 173

7 The new philosophy of education beginning in 1962 and 1963 205

8 American has lost its way 227

9 A nation without absolute values 255

10 Most of America's problems are not economic and academic in nature 281

11 What we can do to restore character education and resurrect religious freedom in America 303

Index 327

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