Kivel, P. (2011). Christian Culture in US Schools. In Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice. Hunter House.
Paul Kivel discusses how Christian values and beliefs have influenced American society and institutions such as school systems. Kivel argues that the dominant role of Christianity can be conceptualized as Christian hegemony – Christianity is institutionalized and normalized in schools and society at large. In the context of schools, Kivel unravels how the education system is founded upon Christian beliefs and implicitly/explicitly promotes Christianity. As Christian values are engrained and normalized, Kivel provides an activity to help students, both Christian and non-Christians, become aware of Christian hegemony. The article further notes the impact Christian hegemony has on students. Lastly, Kivel provides solutions to help address Christian hegemony in the classroom.
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