Conservative Christian Schooling and the Practice of Diversity explores how the rise of conservative Christian schools is shaping education in America. Based on data collected as part of a year-long, phenomenological case-study of a K-12 conservative, Christian school in the South, this volume analyzes the way that diversity is thought about and acted on in school, and how these decisions affect students across racial differences. The book demonstrates that conservative Christian theology defined—even as it subverted—the school’s efforts to practice diversity. The findings presented in the book raise important questions about the influence of religious beliefs on educators’ decision-making in schools, particularly as those decisions relate to diversity.
Chapter 1: Why Care about Christian Schools?
Chapter Two: Grace Academy: Unabashedly Christian
Chapter Three: Prioritizing Fit: Grace Academy’s Recruitment and Retention Practices
Chapter Four: Cultivating a Climate of Diversity and Unity
Chapter Five: A Hidden Curriculum of Diversity
Chapter Six: Looking Ahead in an Age of Religious Pluralism
The Routledge Research in Religion and Education series aims at advancing public understanding and dialogue on issues at the intersections of religion and education. These issues emerge in various venues and proposals are invited from work in any such arena: public or private education at elementary, secondary, or higher education institutions; non-school or community organizations and settings; and formal or informal organizations or groups with religion or spirituality as an integral part of their work. Book proposals are invited from diverse methodological approaches and theoretical and ideological perspectives. This series does not address the work of formal religious institutions including churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples. Rather, it focuses on the beliefs and values arising from all traditions as they come into contact with educational work in the public square.
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