Have a Little Faith
Religion, Democracy, and the American Public School (History and Philosophy of Education Series)
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From Bible readings and school prayer to teaching evolution and cultivating religious tolerance, Justice and Macleod consider the key issues and colorful characters that have shaped the way American schools have attempted to negotiate religious pluralism in a politically legitimate fashion. While schools and educational policies have not always advanced tolerance and understanding, Justice and Macleod point to the many efforts Americans have made to find a place for religion in public schools that both acknowledges the importance of faith to so many citizens and respects democratic ideals that insist upon a reasonable separation of church and state. Finally, they apply the lessons of history and political philosophy to an analysis of three critical areas of religious controversy in public education today: student-led religious observances in extracurricular activities, the tensions between freedom of expression and the need for inclusive environments, and the shift from democratic control of schools to loosely regulated charter and voucher programs.
Altogether Justice and Macleod show how the interpretation of educational history through the lens of contemporary democratic theory offers both a richer understanding of past disputes and new ways of addressing contemporary challenges.
Praise For Have a Little Faith: Religion, Democracy, and the American Public School (History and Philosophy of Education Series)…
"Justice, a historian, and Macleod, a philosopher, make a meaningful contribution to the foundations of education as well as their respective disciplines. This book would be helpful for scholars and students in education and the humanities. . . . Justice and Macleod accomplish a great deal in 146 very readable pages. The book is well-written and researched, and its arguments are situated in thoughtful conversation with notable contributors to the philosophical discussion on civic education and religion in public schools . . . . Readers will appreciate their interdisciplinary approach, their clear and constructive theoretical framework . . . , their skillful contextualization and articulation of an increasingly pressing problem, and their normative analysis of the problem in the concluding chapter."
— Theory and Research in Education
"[Justice and Macleod] combine their notable expertise to offer a historical and practical treatment of American encounters and conflicts on issues of public education and religion from the Puritans to the modern day. . . . Have a Little Faith is a well-crafted study, which will attract a wide audience from upper-level undergraduates and graduate students to professionals in educational administration. Students will appreciate the broad narrative scope, which includes brief analyses of various educational leaders and practices as well as Supreme Court cases regarding religion and education. Likewise, practitioners will profit from the detailed discussion of political philosophy in evaluating and addressing educational disputes. . . . Interested readers, like myself, will use this succinct book as a stepping off point for further historical and philosophical inquiry and even as a practical guide for approaching issues related to public education and religion in America."
— Reading Religion
"A strong book overall. As a work of philosophy, it provides an excellent and systematic theory of democratic education which provides an effective framework for organizing the history of American religious education. As a work of history, it offers one of the best histories of religion and American education in print, man-aging to be simultaneously comprehensive, concise, and engaging. And the book’s reframing of contemporary challenges according to the demands and standards of democratic citizenship is an important and smart one."
— Journal of Church and State
University of Chicago Press, 9780226400457, 192pp.
Publication Date: November 9, 2016