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Links on Teaching About Religion in the Public Schools

Teaching the Role of Religion in American History
First-stop site for preparing to teach about religious history in the classroom. Includes several essays and an excellent chronological framework at http://www.indianahumanities.org/framework.html. From the Indiana Humanities Council.

Rationale and Guidelines for Teaching About Religion
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PDF. This valuable chapter from Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education offers realistic guidance to teachers on presenting religion in the classroom. Follow the links at http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=3979 to other chapters in the book and to the home site, the Freedom Forum.

Teaching About Religion in Public Schools: Worldview Education
Useful nonsectarian guidelines and lesson plans. Visit the site map at http://www.teachingaboutreligion.org/sitemap.htm for the site's complete offerings. From OABITAR, (Objectivity, Accuracy, and Balance in Teaching About Religion), a nonprofit organization.

Religion and Prayer in U.S. Public Schools, Libraries, etc. http://www.religioustolerance.org/ps_pray.htm
Clear overviews and guidelines, from Religious Tolerance.org, the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.

Teaching Religion in the Public Schools
Brief summary article by Max Fischer, 2002, from the NEA Professional Library.

U.S. Secretary of Education, "Religious Expression in the Public Schools," 1995
This statement by Secretary Richard Riley affirms the importance of teaching about religion in our public schools and sets out the government's guidelines for accomplishing this task.

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