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Finding Common Ground

A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools: Revised 2007


Finding Common Ground (2007 revision) by Charles C. Haynes and Oliver Thomas is a First Amendment guide to religion and public education published by the First Amendment Center.

The book can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat file from this page or ordered for $19.95 from Amazon.com. An education discount of $10 per copy is available from the First Amendment Center for orders of 10 books or more. For the discount, contact Ashlie Hampton at 202/292-6288 or ahampton@freedomforum.org.

  • Download the Acrobat file of Finding Common Ground (full publication — 2007 revised version). (3.38 MB)

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  • Download the Acrobat file of individual sections of Finding Common Ground:

    • Front cover (187 KB)

    • Front matter
      Title page, table of contents, about the authors, foreword (111 KB)

    • Chapter 1
      "From Battleground to Common Ground" (242 KB)

    • Chapter 2
      "Religious Liberty, Public Education, and the Future of American Democracy: A Statement of Principles" (143 KB)

    • Chapter 3
      "Strategies for Finding Common Ground" (164 KB)

    • Chapter 4
      "The Supreme Court, Religious Liberty and Public Education" (254 KB)

    • Chapter 5
      "A Teacher's Guide to Religion in Public Schools" (350 KB)

    • Chapter 6
      "Student Religious Expression in Public Schools: United States Department of Education Guidelines" (167 KB)

    • Chapter 7
      "Student Religious Clubs" (250 KB)

    • Chapter 8
      "Student Religious Practices" (338 KB)

    • Chapter 9
      "Religion in the Public School Curriculum" (548 KB)

    • Chapter 10
      "Religious Holidays in Public Schools" (171 KB)

    • Chapter 11
      "The Bible and Public Schools" (106 KB)

    • Chapter 12
      "Public Schools and Religious Communities" (78 KB)

    • Chapter 13
      "Public Schools and Sexual Orientation" (84 KB)

    • Chapter 14
      "Character Education" (318 KB)

    • Chapter 15
      "Sample School District Policies" (207 KB)

    • Chapter 16
      "Frequently Asked Questions about Religious Liberty in Public Schools" (149 KB)

    • Appendix A
      "Contact Information for Organizations Signing Consensus Statements" (40 KB)

    • Appendix B
      "A History of Religious Liberty in American Public Life" (93 KB)

    • Appendix C
      "The Williamsburg Charter" (93 KB)

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Public schools: Why we don’t fight more
By Charles C. Haynes Some say public schools create war zones of clashing values — but more and more they're proving to be places where students learn to find common ground amid their differences. 02.04.07




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