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Schweber, S. "'Especially Special': Learning about Jews in a Fundamentalist Christian School." Teachers College Record. 105 (2003): 1693–1719.


Based on the premise that private religious schools function sociologically as crucibles for collective memory work, this study examined the image of Jews conveyed through a Holocaust unit as taught at a fundamentalist Christian school. After presenting an analysis of both the enacted and experienced curricular dimensions of the unit, we argue that studies of abstracted others--others studied about rather than interacted with--within communal religious schools potentially pose problematic implications for students' multicultural sensibilities. Moreover, we claim that, given these implications, religion, as a category, ought to be both more consistently included within multicultural education frameworks and more closely examined within lived, classroom practice.

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