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Does God Make a Difference?Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities$
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Warren Nord

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766888.001.0001

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Does God Measure Up to American Standards?

Does God Measure Up to American Standards?

(p.41) 2 Does God Measure Up to American Standards?
Does God Make a Difference?

Warren A. Nord

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the question of whether God measure up to American standards. It begins by addressing high school standards and textbooks in three major areas of the curriculum: history, economics, and science. It concludes with an assessment of the role of religion in the undergraduate curriculum. There is no overt hostility to religion in the standards or in the high school textbooks. Indeed, the history standards and texts include a good deal about religion in the context of history. However, the texts and standards also demonstrate that students need to understand virtually nothing about religion to make sense of the world here and now. Not surprisingly, there are no national religion standards; nor are there required courses in religion in public schools and universities. Indeed, in most schools, and in the majority of public universities, there are no religion courses whatsoever. Thus, it appears that God doesn't measure up to American standards.

Keywords:   American public schools, American education, religion, religious studies, national standards, curriculum

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