God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School

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Is Bethany Baptist Academy God's choice? Ask the fundamentalist Christians who teach there or whose children attend the academy, and their answer will be a yes as unequivocal as their claim that the Bible is God's inerrant, absolute word. Is this truth or arrogance?

In God's Choice, Alan Peshkin offers readers the opportunity to consider this question in depth. Given the outsider's rare chance to observe such a school firsthand, Peshkin spent eighteen months studying Bethany's high school—interviewing students, parents, and educators, living in the home of Bethany Baptist Church members, and participating fully in the church's activities. From this intimate research he has fashioned a rich account of Christian schooling and an informed analysis of a clear alternative to public education.

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Alan Peshkin is professor of comparative education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. God's Choice is the third in his series of studies exploring American communities and their schools. The other books in the series, Growing Up American and The Imperfect Union, were also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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For the third book in his series on American communities and their schoolsfollowing Growing Up American ( LJ 10/15/78) and The Imperfect Union ( LJ 1/1/83)Peshkin spent two years observing and participating in the life of a fundamentalist Baptist church and its secondary school, researching the relationship between its religious doctrine and educational practice. While he acknowledges his own divergence from fundamentalist views, Peshkin analyzes the contributions of such a school to its participants and the paradoxical place of the institution within a pluralistic society. Fundamentalists may be less homogeneous in their practices and beliefs than the author sometimes implies, but his well-documented research is for the most part objective, perceptive, and fairvaluable for professional educators, as well as interested laypeople. Cynthia Widmer, Williamstown, Ma.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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