The Study of Religion in the Public Schools: An Appraisal

The Study of Religion in the Public Schools: An Appraisal

The Study of Religion in the Public Schools: An Appraisal

The Study of Religion in the Public Schools: An Appraisal

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This report is the outcome of the Conference on Religion and Public Education, which was sponsored by the Committee on Religion and Education of the American Council on Education and held on March 10-12, 1957, at Arden House in Harriman, New York. It is the fourth in a series of reports, published by the American Council on Education, on the appropriate relationship of religion to public education in the United States.

The Council has been concerned with this complex and vexing problem since 1944 when the Committee on Religion and Education was established, following the publication of Religion and Public Education. Activities of the committee resulted in two additional publications--The Relation of Religion to Public Education (1947) and The Function of the Public Schools in Dealing with Religion (1953).

Because of the mounting interest in this basic problem of American education, the committee voted in the fall of 1955 to hold a conference for the purpose of seeking, first, an appraisal of its published position and, second, a considered recommendation for its future work. Accordingly, after the Council's Executive Committee gave its approval early in 1956, the proposal for a conference was submitted to the Edward W. Hazen Foundation and the Danforth Foundation. Both foundations responded with generous grants that made it possible not only to conduct the conference but also to publish this report.

When the conference plans were finally drafted by a special sub- committee in the fall of 1956, invitations were sent to a group of persons who were known to have a vital interest, a definite concern, and perhaps a special competence in the field of religion and public education. The response was remarkably enthusiastic--especially in . . .

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