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On Teaching ReligionEssays by Jonathan Z. Smith$
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Christopher I. Lehrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199944293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.001.0001

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Towards Imagining New Frontiers

Towards Imagining New Frontiers

(p.136) 12 Towards Imagining New Frontiers
On Teaching Religion

Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of new frontiers for education in America. He identifies a new situation in education, characterized by a shift from a language of topics and subjects to a language of skills and capacities broadly understood. He says that the task of components within educational institutions, especially those preeminently committed to collegiate education such as honors programs, is to experiment with this new situation rather than to construct sanctuaries in which to protect the last exemplars of a dying breed. The task before them is the celebration and utilization of attributes such as professionalism and diversity to educational ends. Smith then goes on to describe how such experimentation can proceed.

Keywords:   Jonathan Z. Smith, American education, college education

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