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Jason M. Bedrick is director of policy for EdChoice and an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute. He previously served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was an education policy research fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.
Jay P. Greene is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. His current areas of research interest include school choice, culturally enriching field trips, and the effect of schools on non-cognitive and civic values.
Matthew H. Lee is Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Previously, he was a high school history teacher at a charter school in Massachusetts.
PrefaceIntroductionPart One – Philosophical Perspectives on Religious Liberty in Education
Part Two – Religious Liberty and Education Law
- In Defense of Yeshiva Autonomy by Kevin Vallier
- Educational Pluralism: Distinctive Schools and Academic Accountability by Ashley Berner
- Pork Eating is Not a Reasonable Way of Life: Yeshiva Education vs. Liberal Educational Theory by Rita Koganzon
Part Three – Implications for Different Communities
- State Regulation of Curriculum in Private Religious Schools: A Constitutional Analysis by Aaron Saiger
- The Yeshiva Case: A Legal Path Forward by Howard Slugh and Devorah Goldman
- Challenges to Educational Freedom in Europe by Charles L. Glenn
Part Four – Charting a Path Forward
- “Substantial Equivalency”: Implications for the Jewish Community by Avi Schick
- The Philosophical Futility of “Substantial Equivalency” in the Interplay of Religious and Public Education: A Christian School Perspective by Jay Ferguson
- Between Tradition and Regulation: What Can Muslim Education Offer the West? by Jibran Khan
- An Impossible (and Impermissible) Dream: Equivalency in Homeschools by Michael P. Donnelly
About the Contributors
- Conclusion: Rabbi Nehorai Gets the Last Word by Ira Stoll
This important new book brilliantly illuminates the intersection between education and religious liberty, and shows just why what happens there is crucial for the future of our free society.
— Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs
In this intriguing volume, Jason Bedrick, Jay Greene, and Matt Lee wrestle with the tensions that govern the relationship between faith and schooling. In an era when religious free exercise has become a lightning rod in areas ranging from health care to cake decoration, their careful exploration of whether and how the state should regulate religious schooling is both timely and clarifying.
— Frederick M. Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute
This is an insightful, evenhanded treatment of these schools and their regulation that serves as a powerful counterweight to policy-makers’ unconsidered assumptions of normative education. The state’s paternalistic instinct is rarely tempered by a considered examination of law, ethics, morality, or religious freedom, something this book provides. The result is as important for our understanding of the ultimate aims of education and the state’s role in regulating it as it is for its commentary on this particular case alone.
— Moshe Krakowski, director, Azrieli Masters Program
Religious Liberty & Education makes a seemingly local and parochial case the occasion for a brilliant and indispensable study of public policy on education in America: The controversy over Haredi yeshivas has implications far beyond the borders of Borough Park or Crown Heights.
— Ruth Wisse, Professor Emerita, Harvard University
New York state education officials’ initial response to the Yeshiva controversy represents the worst of government overreach into private and religious education. The Catholic Church recognizes parents as the first educators of their children and thus they maintain the right to choose a school according to their conscience. Religious leaders’ fears of government intrusion into what and how we teach in our schools are no longer hypothetical. This wide-ranging compilation of papers represents diverse religious perspectives and utilizes experts from a wide range of professional backgrounds to reaffirm the importance of religious freedom for families and the religious institutions where they choose to educate their children. Parents, religious leaders and policy leaders, who value religious freedom, would be well-advised to read this book as a means of preparing for the many challenges to come.
— Jennifer Daniels, Associate Director for Public Policy, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat of Catholic Education