Religion in Schools

Religion in Schools

Controversies Around the World

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Examines controversies surrounding religion in schools around the world.
Many Americans may believe that religion in the schools is a controversial subject only in the United States. But around the world, the subject has gained widespread notoriety, media coverage, and attention from governing bodies, school administrations, and individuals. In France, conflict erupted when a young girl wore a headscarf to her public school; the government there got involved to reassert the "rule" that no outward display of religion will be tolerated. In India, a panel was appointed to remove Hindu religious beliefs from high-school textbooks. In Pakistan, the government passed a law to make the curriculum of Islamic religious schools more secular in its approach. Here in the United States, debates abound regarding the Pledge of Allegiance, the posting of the Ten Commandments, prayer in school, and other familiar arguments. But why do these controversies exist? What prompts them? Why do particular conflicts arise, and what attempts are made to deal with them? How have solutions fared? How are the controversies in one country similar to or different from those in another?

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Thomas (emeritus, Graduate School of Education, U. of California at Santa Barbara) comparatively examines 12 recent national-level religion/school controversies in France, Japan, England, India, Spain, China, Italy, Pakistan, the United States, Thailand, Australia, and Saudi Arabia. For each case, he seeks to describe the typical controversies that have appeared in the various nations, similarities and differences in types of controversy, the contending national constituencies involved in the controversies, and efforts that have been made to resolve the controversies. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006
ISBN: 9780275990619
Branch Call Number: 379.28 THOMA
Characteristics: x, 234 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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