explicable, the politics of eduation may not be particularly rational (Lugg 1996), nor perhaps should it be viewed as such (Lindblom and Woodhouse 1993). For those committed to strengthening public attention, a reexamination of religion in American public life is in order. There are powerful and disconcerting cultural reasons for American conservative ideology's political longevity that must be explored if one is to be 'critically engaged' in shaping educational policy.
LINDBLOM, C.E. and WOODHOUSE, E.J. (1993) The Policy-Making Process, 3rd edn (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall).