The Christian Right’s Assault on Public Education


NOVEMBER 2, 2018

DR. PETER D. JAUHIAINEN, Professor of Religion, Kirkwood Community College

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
1000 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch


The public schools have been a key battlefront in the so-called modern “culture wars” since they play a pivotal role in socializing young people and preparing them for American citizenship. In recent decades, Christian conservatives have complained that the schools promote secularism and multiculturalism, thereby undermining the Christian foundation of American society. Battles over school choice, vouchers, charter schools, public funding of private religious schools, oversight of homeschooling, and control over the public school curriculum are part of a larger agenda of religious conservatives to either control or dismantle this key American institution. This could have detrimental effects on American democracy as public monies are funneled toward educational operations that promote narrow religious ideologies and discourage students from openly engaging a more diverse intellectual and cultural world in respectful ways.

Peter Jauhiainen (Ph.D, University of Iowa; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is a Professor of Religion at Kirkwood Community College who specializes in American religious history. One of his current research interests is the intersection of religion and politics in contemporary American life and its impact on public education.

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