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A Public Issue Still Denied: Religion In German Preschool Education

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In Germany and probably in many other countries, religion in preschool education has not played much of a role in public debates in recent years. The situation seems to be clear without further discussion. There are religiously sponsored preschool institutions-in Germany this kind of sponsorship actually applies to more than 50% of such institutions and many people take it for granted that religious sponsorship implies some kind of religious education as well. As long as religion is not acknowledged as a factor in preschool education, lack of tolerance and mutual respect will develop from early on. This chapter discusses the reasons why the public significance of religion in preschool education has not received the attention it deserves. This chapter shows that the neglect of religion in German preschool education is indicative of general tendencies in education as well as in politics that go far beyond the field of preschool education.

Keywords: German preschool education; religion



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