THE ATTACK UPON THE AMERICAN SECULAR SCHOOL by V.T. Thayer

THE ATTACK UPON THE AMERICAN SECULAR SCHOOL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The principle of the separation of church and state as applied to public school education, which recently fired public interest and indignation in the McCollum case, is discussed here in terms of its historical development as well as contemporary practice. In a background which goes back to Puritan times, there is the shift from the sectarian to the secular point of view- now under attack particularly by Fosdick and the Catholic Bishops; there are also the infringements of practice in certain schools; the legality (or rather illegality) of religion in the public school; the ""released time"" movement; the question of extension of federal aid to non-public schools; and the re-statement of the concept that the positive mission of the secular school is an education in moral and spiritual values, without partisan indoctrination. A probing consideration of an issue which concerns parents, teachers, educators.

Publisher: Beacon