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This is a time of far-reaching change and debate in American education and social policy, spurred in part by a rediscovery that civil-society institutions are often better than government at meeting human needs. As Charles Glenn shows in this book, faith-based schools and social agencies have been particularly effective, especially in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. However, many oppose providing public funds for religious institutions, either on the grounds that it would threaten the constitutional separation of church and state or from concern it might dilute or secularize the distinctive character of the institutions themselves. Glenn tackles these arguments head on. He builds a uniquely comprehensive and persuasive case for faith-based organizations playing a far more active role in American schools and social agencies. And, most importantly, he shows that they could do so both while receiving public funds and while striking a workable balance between accountability and autonomy.
Glenn is ideally placed to make this argument. A leading expert on international education policies, he was for many years the director of urban education and civil rights for the Massachusetts Department of Education, and also serves as an Associate Minister of inner-city churches in Boston. Glenn draws on all his varied experience here as he reviews the policies and practices of governments in the United States and Europe as they have worked with faith-based schools and also with such social agencies as the Salvation Army and Teen Challenge. He seeks to answer key theoretical and practical questions: Why should government make greater use of faith-based providers? How could they do so without violating First Amendment limits? What working relationships protect the goals and standards both of government and of the organizations that the government funds? Glenn shows that, with appropriate forms of accountability and a strong commitment to a distinctive vision of service, faith-based organizations can collaborate safely with government, to their mutual benefit and that of those they serve. This is a major contribution to one of the most important topics in political and social debate today.
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Even strict church-and-state separatists may think twice after reading Charles L. Glenn's convincing case for allowing religious-based organizations to deliver education and social services. Glenn, a respected voice who directed urban education for the state of Massachusetts for 21 years, argues that these groups can help "remoralize" society. Faith-based organizations are better at supplying services, he contends, because they have the distinct advantage of stirring religious devotion and enthusiasm where the government leaves people cold. Glenn's writing is simple, clear, and persuasive, touching on almost every aspect of this issue. He documents how public funds are already used for church daycare centers, private colleges, shelters for abused children, AIDS hospices, and other faith-based services. He also offers three in-depth examinations of successful faith-based ventures: a Protestant Pentecostal street ministry for drug-addicted youths called Teen Challenge, the Salvation Army, and the "neocorporatism" movement in the Netherlands and Germany that has made way for religious organizations in school and early childhood programs. Despite the book's broad view, Glenn fails to address how the United States, with its myriad religions, would distribute such power. He also glosses over the ugly prospect of intolerance, arguing that faith-based organizations should be allowed to hire and help whomever they wish.
Still, Glenn, now a professor of education at Boston University, has timed his argument well. There are recent signs that the United States may be softening its division of church and state, most noticeably with vouchers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Puerto Rico including religious schools. The courts also have indicated a willingness to bend on the issue, allowing government aid to faith-based schools if the money directly benefits the students and, in the case of the U.S. Supreme Court, refusing to hear arguments in the Wisconsin voucher lawsuit. Both those who advocate a stronger embrace between government and religion and those who are wary of it would benefit from reading Glenn's view. --Jodi Mailander FarrellFrom the Back Cover:
"This book has much to offer scholars and policymakers. The recommendations with which Glenn concludes are challenging and are likely to spark useful debate."--William Galston, University of Maryland, College Park
"Glenn's argument is an impressive one, making a comprehensive case for a new relationship between government and faith-based organizations that will meet the Constitution's First Amendment requirements, protect the autonomy of the faith-based organizations, and answer some of the most important questions about the crisis of the welfare state and the relation of government to civil society."--James W. Skillen, Center for Public Justice
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