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Thu 9

May 9

God Squad: Seeking Higher Ground in the School Wars

The Village Square

Location: Online

This podcast episode of Village SquareCast will drop on February 9th. You can find it wherever you get your podcasts or at 

In a culturally, religiously and racially diverse society like ours — with a single public school system designed to educate America’s children — maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that the culture wars have Officially Hit Our Schools. When you clear away the noise, at the core of the struggle is this: what should our schools teach our children—and who decides? How can America’s pluralistic ethics find a true home in our schools?

Long ago, we took religious education out of public schools, but conservative parents are now seeing an identity-based moral worldview on the rise in the classroom—one that conflicts with lessons they want their children taught. Liberal parents watch aghast as history is whitewashed, books are banned and teachers are asked to do a job that seems increasingly impossible. Each side in this schoolhouse brawl is acting badly—with alternating anger and contempt—modeling behavior we can hardly think is good for our children to watch. And if we can’t get it together, it will be our children who lose the most.