Look into Current Events

Ages 7-18

When your child has an assignment to report on a current event, go online and find stories about current church/state issues or the Boy Scouts' exclusionary policies. Read and talk about them with your family. By way of contrast, research Spiral Scouts and talk about their basic principles (www .SpiralScouts.org).

Frontline programs offer a rich assortment of shows touching on religious issues. See www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion.

For high school youth, investigate the Pennsylvania court case in which the Dover public schools were sued by a group of parents who were fighting to have intelligent design labeled a religious belief and thus taken out of the classroom. A wonderful documentary on Nova titled "Judgment Day: Intelli gent Design on Trial" offers a behind-the-scenes look at what may be the most important trial in the history of public school science education in the United States. Watch the whole program online at www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/id/ program.html.

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