Science versus religion: Protestant dominance and cultural discrimination in public schools
This research offers a critical analysis of the current controversy concerning religion. The study explores the establishment of the public school system under Protestant dominance and use of this dominance to assert authority over minority groups. Legislation and court action have created a position of opposing policy; placing science as the opposite of religion, and Atheists and Christian activists are using curriculum as an ideological battle field. Currently, since 9/11, religious discrimination and hate crimes are on the rise. In order to investigate this controversy, this study explores literature, published surveys, and government documents. The American public school systems are victim of cultural discrimination in respect to religion, and school reform is necessary to allow dialectic pedagogy to combat religious marginalization.
0527: Religious education
0530: Teacher education