Harvard Educational Review
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    The New Outspoken Atheism and Education

    Nel Noddings, Stanford University, Emerita
    In this essay, Nel Noddings calls upon U.S. public schools to equip students with a more nuanced understanding of religious vocabulary, history, and ideas. Examining recent books by outspoken atheists including Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, Noddings argues that schools should help students “communicate across the chasm” between belief and unbelief in an effort to prepare a more civil and informed citizenry. In a wide-ranging discussion of religious vocabulary, belief, logic, morality, and aesthetics, she illustrates ways in which schools can incorporate religious literacy across the curriculum and foster a rich understanding of religious history and ideas among the students they serve.

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    Nel Noddings is the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. She has authored many books, including several foundational texts on the ethics of caring, such as Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education (1984), The Challenge to Care in Schools (1992), and, most recently, Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach (2006). Her work on religion and education includes Women and Evil (1989) and Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief (1993). Noddings is a former New Jersey public school teacher and administrator and is a past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the John Dewey Society.
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    Summer 2008 Issue

    Abstracts

    Hijacking Education Policy Decisions
    Ballot Initiatives and the Case of Affirmative Action
    Michele S. Moses and Lauren P. Saenz, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Different Worlds and Divergent Paths
    Academic Careers Defined by Race and Gender
    Juanita Johnson-Bailey and Ronald M. Cervero, The University of Georgia
    Language and the Performance of English-Language Learners in Math Word Problems
    Maria Martiniello, Educational Testing Service
    The New Outspoken Atheism and Education
    Nel Noddings, Stanford University, Emerita
    Beyond NCLB and AYP
    One Superintendent’s Experience of School District Reform
    Ron Sofo, Freedom Area School District, Pennsylvania

    Book Notes

    Teacher Mentoring and Induction
    edited by Hal Portner

    Brick Walls
    by Thomas E. Truitt

    After the Bell
    edited by Maggie Anderson and David Hassler