The Fourth R: Conflicts over Religion in America's Public Schools / Edition 1

The Fourth R: Conflicts over Religion in America's Public Schools / Edition 1

by Joan DelFattore
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300102178

ISBN-13: 9780300102178

Pub. Date: 02/24/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

Contrary to popular belief, God has certainly not been kicked out of the public schools. What is banned is state-sponsored prayer, not the religious speech of the students themselves. But as news stories, political speeches, and lawsuits amply demonstrate, this approach has by no means resolved the long-standing debate over religion in public education. While some

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Contrary to popular belief, God has certainly not been kicked out of the public schools. What is banned is state-sponsored prayer, not the religious speech of the students themselves. But as news stories, political speeches, and lawsuits amply demonstrate, this approach has by no means resolved the long-standing debate over religion in public education. While some people challenge the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, with its reference to "one nation under God," others view school shootings and the terrorism of 9/11 as evidence that organized prayer must once again become part of the official school day. In this lively book, Joan DelFattore traces the evolution of school-prayer battles from the early 1800s, when children were beaten or expelled for refusing to read the King James Bible, to current disputes over prayer at public-school football games. Underlying these events, she shows, is a struggle to balance two of the most fundamental tenets of Americanism: majority rule and individual rights. Her highly readable book explores the enduring tension between people of good will who wish the schools to promote majoritarian beliefs, and equally well-meaning (and often religious) people who deplore any governmental influence in religious matters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300102178
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................................................ix
1 Crucible........................................................1
2 The Past That Never Was.........................................12
3 Religion as a Team Sport........................................32
4 Off the Streets and Into the Courts.............................52
5 Stalin and School Prayer........................................67
6 The Myth of Madalyn Murray O'Hair...............................82
7 Picnic with a Tiger.............................................106
8 Beware of the Leopard...........................................127
9 Full Court Press................................................144
10 The Rest Is Silence.............................................161
11 Caution! Paradigms May Shift....................................178
12 Perkins's Last Stand............................................199
13 Mississippi Learning............................................229
14 The School and the Rabbi........................................255
15 Zen and the Art of Constitution Maintenance.....................284
16 Deliver Us from Evil............................................299
APPENDIX: ADVOCACY GROUPS..........................................315
NOTES..............................................................321
WORKS CITED........................................................325
INDEX..............................................................330

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