Session one: Historical
Educational Role of Pastoral Leadership in the American Colonies will
discuss the significant educational role of the church in colonial American
history in promoting ‘holy commonwealths’ and ordered liberty.
Session two: Brief
History of Education Policy in the Early American Republic: Constitutional
Issue of Liberty of Conscience and Limited Civil Authority will detail jurisdictional issues regarding the
role of the civil magistrate in religious/liberty of conscience and
institutionalized education. Topics include Virginia's religious liberty
debates relative to Patrick Henry's A Bill Establishing a Provision for
Teachers of the Christian Religion (December, 1784), James Madison's Memorial
and Remonstrance Against Assessments in Support of Religion (July, 1785),
and Thomas Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
(January, 1786). The nature of the First Amendment to the US Constitution
will also be discussed along with specific Congressional debates relative to
the role of civil government in education.
Session three: Creation of National Education Laws and
Institutions in the United States will highlight the rise of US education
laws after WWII, including the National Defense Education Act of 1958, Elementary
and Secondary Education Act of 1965, creation of the Department of
Education in 1979, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Race to the Top and ED Recovery
Act of 2009, Common Core State Standards Initiative of 2009.
Session four: Policy Prospects Relative to Education
will explore national and state education policy solutions relative to
privatized education, school choice, tax credits, and school vouchers, as well
as significant Supreme Court education cases impacting private education
initiatives. This session will also include a challenge to pastors relative to
legal issues surrounding the pulpit and politics given the interpretive impact
of the Johnson Amendment of 1954. Lil, 6 hours,
taught by Dr. Gai Ferdon.
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