International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Educational Malfeasance: The Marginalization of Religion from the United States Social Studies Curriculum
Dr. James Moore

Research demonstrates that many American social studies teachers are hesitant to teach about religion because of a lack of content knowledge; they fear charges of indoctrination and realize the controversial and emotional issues associated with religion and moral dilemmas, or they are not cognizant of the relevant First Amendment cases. Consequently, many students are ill-informed regarding the crucial role of religion in history, literature, law,the arts, and current affairs. This paper asserts teaching about religion is essential for a liberal arts education and examines the reasons why religion is absent or minimalized from the social studies curriculum.

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