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Resisting “secular humanism”: A critical analysis of the A Beka history curriculum, grades K–6


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The establishment of Fundamentalist Christian schools, and the creation of appropriate curricula for such schools, has historically taken place as a way to procure a safe haven for Fundamentalist children from secularized public schools. The public schools, it is argued, teach a form of religion called secular humanism, a by-product of the secularization of society. The attempt of Fundamentalists, or the "Religious Right", as it is often called, to de-secularize their youth from tacit and overt hostility toward the Christian faith has resulted in the establishment and examination of evangelical Christian education. Within Fundamentalist schools there exists the creation of a subculture in which underlying epistemological beliefs are evident. These include particular kinds of textual and interpretive approaches to literature, a proclivity towards a common and unified religious setting, a controlled environment enveloped in moral absolutism and an overriding concern for the spiritual well-being of students.

A critical discourse analysis of the history texts of A Beka curriculum, grades K-6, contextualized within a broader social and political milieu was the focus of this study, including the discursive representations and communicative events that center on diversity tensions and representations of "community." These themes were analyzed from the perspective of their impact in a broader national discourse.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Curricula;
Teaching;
Elementary education;
Social studies education
Classification
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
0524: Elementary education
0534: Social studies education
Identifier / keyword
Education; A Beka; Christian schools; Curriculum; Fundamentalist schools; History; K-6
Title
Resisting “secular humanism”: A critical analysis of the A Beka history curriculum, grades K–6
Author
Osborn, Dina Ciotola
Number of pages
183
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0056
Source
DAI-A 67/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542879425
Advisor
Reagan, Timothy
University/institution
University of Connecticut
University location
United States -- Connecticut
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3234322
ProQuest document ID
305321222
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305321222
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