While the fierce debate over religion in public schools receives ample media attention, we rarely consider the implications of religious schools on moral education and liberal democracy. In this groundbreaking work, Walter Feinberg opens up a critical new dialogue to offer a complete discussion of the important role religious schools play in the formation of a democratic citizenry. Feinberg, a leading philosopher of education, approaches the subject of religious education with a rare evenhandedness, drawing on examples from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim schools and exploring topics as disparate as sex education and creationism. For Goodness Sake provides a much-needed take on a controversial topic, demonstrating that the relationship between religion and schooling is not simply the exclusive concern of members of a given religious community, but a relevant and vital issue for everyone who cares about education.
Table of Contents
1. Religious Instruction and Moral Education Part One: Back to School 2. The Construction of Religious Communities 3. Criticism and Commitment 4. Faith and the Pedagogical Limits of Critical Inquiry Part Two: The Nature of the Public Interest in Religious Education 5. Safety and the Question of Educational Negligence 6. Intellectual Growth, Autonomy and Religious Education 7. Religious Chauvinism and the Democratic Citizen Part Three: The Reconstruction of Religious Education 8. The Challenge of Religious Education for Pluralism 9. The Challenge of Religious Education for Liberalism
Walter Feinberg is the Charles Dunn Hardie Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.