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Religious Schools v. Children's Rights / James G. Dwyer.

Author/Creator:
Dwyer, James G. author.
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
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Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Church schools -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Parent and child (Law) -- United States.
Religious education -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Local subjects:
Education & History Of Education. (search)
Legal History & Studies. (search)
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Despair over the reported inadequacies of public education leads many people to consider religious schools as an alternative. James G. Dwyer demonstrates, however, that religious schooling is almost completely unregulated and that common pedagogical practices in fundamentalist Christian and Catholic schools may be damaging to children. He presents evidence of excessive restriction of children's basic liberties, stifling of intellectual development, the instilling of dogmatic and intolerant attitudes, as well as the infliction of psychological and emotional harms, including excessive guilt and repression and, especially among girls, diminished self-esteem. Courts, legal and political theorists, and the public typically argue that families and religious communities are entitled to raise their children as they see fit and that the state must remain neutral on religious matters. Dwyer proposes an alternative framework for state policy regarding religious schooling and other child-rearing practices, urging that the focus always be on what is best, from a secular perspective, for the affected children. He argues that the children who attend religious schools have a right to adequate state regulation and oversight of their education. States are obligated to ensure that such schools do not engage in harmful practices and that they provide their students with the training necessary for pursuit of a broad range of careers and for full citizenship in a pluralistic, democratic society.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface to the Cornell Paperbacks Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Catholic and Fundamentalist Schooling Today
2. The Constitutional Backdrop
3. Why Parents' Rights Are Wrong
4. Against a Community Right to Educate
5. A Right to Equal Treatment
6. Justice for Children
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 20. Sep 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781501723834
OCLC:
1088909957
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501723834 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.