Similar conflicts erupted during the s in Boston and other parts of New England. Religious Ideals and the Flourishing of Pupils By learning from religious ideals pupils are invited to reflect on the values they take for granted, either because they are unthinkingly adopted from their parents or because they prevail in mainstream society.
Most religious parents will receive this conclusion with enthusiasm, for religious ideals are of considerable importance for believers; for some, religious ideals in the strict sense are at the core of their identity.
Earlier we gave several examples of the positive influence of religious ideals on public life or society, like being just, caring, humble and temperate and an ideal society in which everyone is equal because everyone is equal before God. First, it gives them the potential to function as bridges between persons and their community and those who have attachments to different communities.
We will not be very practical or concrete in this section, but we can say something in general about the approach and aim of the inclusion of religious ideal in public schools. Consider how many deeply religious persons feel profoundly uncomfortable with the manner in which pluralism appears to govern public life.
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Because some religious groups operate on the force of these convictions in their attempts to convert others, including the use of political power to impose those convictions, it is argued that allowing reference to religious ideals in the public and particularly the political domain undermines the existence of a peaceful pluralistic society.
Others have addressed the question of whether or not religious education and civic education are compatible see Gutmann ; Macedoand, if they are, what sort of virtues religious schools promote see Callan ; Spinner-Halev ; Gardner et al.