This volume explores how conservative Christian schools are shaping education in America and in turn, students’ attitudes about diversity.
Based on data collected as part of a year-long, ethnographic study of a K-12 conservative, Christian school in the South, this volume analyzes the way that diversity was thought about and acted upon in a school, and how these decisions affected students and teachers across racial differences. The book demonstrates that conservative Christian theology defined a school’s diversity efforts. It also reveals the complexity of addressing diversity in a context that is largely wary of it, at least in its typical secular usage. The findings presented in the book raise important questions about school vouchers, the influence of religious beliefs on educators’ decision-making in schools, the morality and existence of Christian schools, and diversity initiatives in white spaces.
Faith, Diversity, and Education: An Ethnography of a Conservative Christian Schoolwill be of great interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of education, sociology and religion.
Chapter One: Why Care about Christian Schools?
Chapter Two: Grace Academy: Unapologetically 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: Lessons from Grace Academy
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.
Please send proposals to Mike Waggoner (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Matthew Friberg (email@example.com).