A New Model For “Dual-Faith” Education
Sheila Gordon is the principal author of an article in the International Review of Education that “puts our work educating interfaith families in a global context”.
“….today’s multi-cultural—and in particular interfaith—families,” notes an abstract of the article, “need new educational strategies to help them understand their cultural roots and identify and clarify what aspects of their heritages they wish to nurture and transmit to their children. This paper focuses on a new model for religious education, namely non-doctrinaire ‘dual-faith’ education….
“The model is premised on the notion that families have two different faiths in one household and that—with respect and education—families can be harmonious, religion can be transmitted, and tolerance broadly nurtured.”
She points out that while the model is particular to the United States and to families with Jewish and Christian heritages, “its premises and structure have significant potential to be adaptable to other religious combinations and other cultures and countries.”
The article appears in the April 2017 issue of the publication, which is one of two UNESCO academic journals. It was founded in 1931 and, as such, is the world’s oldest journal of international education.
Sheila is president of the Interfaith Community in New York City. She worked at the Ford Foundation in Human Resources and in Public Education in two stints, first from 1967 through 1968 and then from 1995 to 2000.