The Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States, K–12
by Thomas C. Hunt and James C. Carper, Editors
August 2012, 583pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39139-2
$190, £141, 159€, A272
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The role of faith-based schools in an increasingly pluralistic, democratic society evokes passionate response. Conflicts abound, often echoing opinions about larger issues such as immigration and First Amendment rights. Some 4.4 million American schoolchildren currently attend faith-based schools, and a further 1.5 million receive faith-based homeschooling. The choice reflects their parents’ wishes—and saves American taxpayers huge sums of money.

Exploring a subject that is as important as it is divisive, this two-volume work offers the first current, definitive work on the intricacies and issues relative to America's faith-based schools.

The Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States, K–12 is an indispensable study at a time when American education is increasingly considered through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class. With contributions from an impressive array of experts, the two-volume work provides a historical overview of faith-based schooling in the United States, as well as a comprehensive treatment of each current faith-based school tradition in the nation.

The first volume examines three types of faith-based schools—Protestant schools, Jewish schools, and Evangelical Protestant homeschooling. The second volume focuses on Catholic, Muslim, and Orthodox schools, and addresses critical issues common to faith-based schools, among them state and federal regulation and school choice, as well as ethnic, cultural, confessional, and practical factors. Perhaps most importantly for those concerned with the questions and controversies that abound in U.S. education, the handbook grapples with outcomes of faith-based schooling and with the choices parents face as they consider educational options for their children.

Thomas C. Hunt, PhD, is professor in the School of Education and Allied Professions and a fellow in the Center for Catholic Education at the University of Dayton, OH. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States, coedited with James C. Carper; The Dissenting Tradition in American Education, coauthored with Carper; and Urban Catholic Education: Tales of Twelve American Cities, coedited with Timothy Walch.

James C. Carper, PhD, is professor of social foundations of education at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, and has served in similar positions at Mississippi State University and Tulane University. He is coeditor of The Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States with Thomas C. Hunt and has published essays in History of Education Quarterly, Religion and Education, Educational Leadership, Mid-America, Journal of Church and State, and Educational Forum.


"This survey of faith-based schooling in the United States represents much hard work in gathering the wealth of information it presents. Libraries will be wise to purchase what should become an enduring reference."—Journal of Education and Christian Belief, June 1, 2014
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