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Sep 23, 2015

Who should be responsible for teaching public school students to not only tolerate, but also appreciate, different views on religion? Where’s the line between instruction and indoctrination? And how effectively are teachers and schools handling the potentially problematic subject matter? 

Veteran reporter Linda Wertheimer, former education editor for the Boston Globe, tackles these big questions (and many more) in her new book Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion In an Age of Intolerance. She spoke with EWA Radio about the surprising back stories to some recent high-profile controversies involving schools and well-intentioned attempts to teach about world religions, and her own personal journey which played an integral part in her decision to write the book.