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Author Byrne, Cathy.

Title Religion in secular education : what, in heaven's name, are we teaching our children? / by Cathy Byrne
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2014
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Series International Studies in Religion and Society, 1573-4293 ; Volume 21
International studies in religion and society ; 21
Contents Machine generated contents note: The Purpose of Education-New Challenges -- The Persistence of Religion -- The Meaning of 'Religion' -- Education Reform-but not for Religion -- Three Approaches to Teaching Religion -- Should Religion Come to School Today? -- Religions Education and Social Cohesion -- Australian Education-Following God's Law -- The Secular Principle -- Two Streams of Secularism -- 'Post-Secular' as Unnecessary -- Secular R&E-Crossing the Chasm -- Rationales for Religions and Ethics in State Schools -- An Ethical Framework for School Religion -- Children's Rights to Broad, Desegregated Learning -- Professional Principles and Curriculum Frameworks -- Three 'Flavours' of Ideology-Conservative, Liberal, Critical -- Kinds of Inclusion-Passive and Active -- Inclusion-Comparing England and Australia -- Inclusive RE Governance in England -- Exclusive RI Governance in Australia -- Rhetoric then Reticence -- Comparison Overview -- Scandinavia and Western Europe -- The Northern Commonwealth: England and Canada -- United States of America -- The Southern Commonwealth: Australia and New Zealand -- Ireland -- A Seven-Step Best Practice Proposal -- The Importance of Questioning -- The Importance of Paulo Freire -- Interfaith Education Evaluation -- An Examination of Interfaith Texts -- The World Religions Agenda -- The Importance of Critical Thinking -- Many Paths versus 'the Best Path' -- Freire's Challenge as a Contribution -- Religion and Schools in Sydney's Suburbs -- Democracy Kneels -- A Chaplaincy Program Grows -- Immigration-Who Belongs? -- Education Policy-Who Influences? -- An Australian State-by-State Snapshot -- RI Problems in New South Wales -- Ethics in Schools-an RI Alternative Emerges -- The Conundrum of only Sectarian RI -- A Radical Idea Meets Anglican Dominance -- Henry Parkes, George Higinbotham and Secularisation -- Parkes-a Player and a Populist -- Public Education Shaped by its Past -- Public Schools-the Greatest Mission Field -- Australian Secularism a Miserable Failure -- A Time of Strong Secularism -- The Rise of Bible Teaching -- Queensland Today -- Parents' Perspectives -- An Outer-Suburban Experience -- The Least Secular System -- The Ideological Spectrum -- Liberal RE Versus Conservative RI -- Australian RI Enrolment-a Telling Experience -- A Departmental Response to an RI Complaint -- Ideology as Pedagogy-Adult Perspectives -- What Values are Taught? -- Social Identity Development -- Identity Implications-Children's Perspectives -- What Values are Learned? -- Research Needed-Australia and Globally -- The Value of the Secular Principle -- The Potential of a Best Practice Framework -- Choices for Religion in School-Australia as an Example -- A Decisive Future
Summary In Religion in Secular Education Cathy Byrne explores the secular principle as a guiding compass for religions in state schools. Historical and contextual research and international comparisons explore the ideologies, policies, pedagogies and practices affecting national and individual religious identity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Church and state.
Religion in the public schools -- Cross-cultural studies.
Religion in the public schools -- Australia.
Genre/Form Cross-cultural studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1306405319 (ebk)
9004264345 (electronic bk.)
9781306405317 (ebk)
9789004264342 (electronic bk.)