Dr. Walter Scott Athearn maintained that the ultimate health, growth, and purpose of public schools could only be achieved when adequate "shared time' was provided for instruction on spiritual and moral behavior which only the churches could provide. But, there is more than Athearn's "shared time" ideal that ought to be revived today.
Walter Scott Athearn, organizer of the School of Religious Education and Social Service at Boston University, was one of the great pioneers of the modern religious education movement. In this article, the author evaluates the life and influence of this remarkable teacher and prophetic leader.
The training of Christian education directors is viewed in light of the past, present, and the future. Historical developments from the early 1900s to 1950 are explored, then current trends are examined. The article concludes by looking at expectations for Christian education in the 21st century.
This article explores the historical perspective of the present relationship between religion and the public school system and the outgrowths of that relationship. So far the various plans to supplement public schools with religious education have not been completely satisfactory. But more biblically-oriented Christian parents will look for options outside the public schools for the education of their children. The option that seems most promising is the Christian day school.