Comparative analysis of Hindu and Christian- related education in American public schools- Final Analysis

All three states had at least some instance of bias, but the amount and type varied greatly. Overall, California had the most accurate and fair representation of Hinduism. It was the only one out of the three states to have students read parts of Hindu sacred texts. California also had the most complete standards in regard to Christian violence. Whenever Christianity made an impact historically, California made sure to include both positive and negative impacts it had on society and did the same with Hinduism. There was more time dedicated to parts of history Christianity affected, but that appeared to be a symptom of what periods of history and what regions were studied, not because of pro-Christian bias. A student whose religious knowledge came solely from this curriculum would have a fairly even view of the two religions.

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Comparative analysis of Hindu and Christian- related education in American public schools- Update

As I put the finishing touches on my project, I wonder what I can do with this information going forward. They way religion is taught in some public schools could cause bigotry. Having public schools like Texas teach religion in America in such a politicized, pro-Christian way is unacceptable. Setting education standards is an immense responsibility as it helps shape the nation moving forward. After seeing how some states handle educating students about different religions and cultures, the amount of bigotry still in America makes a little more sense.

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Comparative analysis of Hindu and Christian- related education in American public schools- Update

As I finish up my project, I have started to realize how much more information there is I wish I had the time to explore. Each state I’ve looked at had accompanying materials, such as books and movies, that teachers were meant to use to as supplemental instructional material. Those resources were beyond the scope of my project, since they were suggestions and not part of the actual standards. Some states like Texas also had a list of books over 500 pages long, so there’s no way one person could look through all of the books.

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Research Progress Update

I’ve completed the curricula review portion for three of the four states I would like to look in to and it has taken much longer than expected. Both Virginia and California had very detailed layouts of their education standards and combined had well over 3,000 pages of curricula to look through. After I sorted through all the material not related to my project I was left with around 300 pages to analyze for related content. Out of those 300 pages left, many only had a few sentences related to my project so analyzing them should go by very quickly.

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Abstract: Comparative analysis of Hindu and Christian- related education in American public schools

Recently, there has been an increased amount of criticism from Hindu advocacy groups about how Hinduism has been portrayed by public school curricula across the United States. Common criticisms claim that when discussing Hinduism, the curricula of public schools tend to focus on its negative aspects, such as social injustices and violence caused by the religion, while when discussing Christianity the curricula  avoids such topics. Over the summer I will research the curricula in k-12 schools in California, where many of the law suits have been, Texas, because it has a history of being accused of Christian bias within its public schools, Massachusetts since other states commonly borrow curriculum from the state, and Virginia for my own first-hand knowledge of the state’s curriculum. I look through all the curricula for every mention of the two religions and compare the amount of material, what that material focuses on, and assess all the material for factual accuracy.