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The Secularization of American Education

Warren A. Nord

in Does God Make a Difference?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199766888
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766888.003.0003
The Secularization of American Education

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This chapter argues that the secularization of public education in the United States is partly the unintended result of the secularization of the larger culture; public education was also, in part, secularized by scholars and professional educators who adopted variations on both soft and hard secularism. The chapter also suggests that today the vast majority of educators in our public school system are soft secularists; in higher education a bracing dose of hard secularism is also common. The chapter concludes with a discussion of three ways that the influence of religion in education lingered well into the 20th century.

Keywords: American schools; secularization; religious studies; religion; public schools

Chapter.  8100 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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