To explore the current state of the Sunday School curriculum publishing field, seven curriculum publishers were interviewed. This article does not attempt to rank the publishers, but addresses present trends and tensions in the field. The predominant curriculum philosophy is identified and inconsistencies between current practices and this philosophy are noted. The author concludes by suggesting ways to make the curriculum more consistent.
Protestant religious education curriculum has undergone numerous changes since the early 1800s. This article reviews the work of the American Sunday School Union during the 1800s and the development of its Union Questions. The author then compares today's curriculum with that instituted by the American Sunday School Union.
This article defines curriculum, then analyzes three metaphors that have influenced the thought and practice of curriculum making--the metaphors of production, travel, and growth. Values are also examined, along with the part they play in curricular planning.
Using excerpts from his personal journal, this author shows that effective curriculum should focus on people meeting other people exactly at their point of need. He explores the importance of loving other people actively and with sensitivity to their burdens and heartaches.
This article shows that to improve the practice of Christian education in local churches, Sunday School teachers need to improve their curriculum evaluations and do them more often. A model for curriculum evaluation is suggested which will guide local Christian educators and professional editors to improve curriculum.
This article asserts a two-fold presupposition: that the Christian leader is our best hope for rationality in an irrational age; and the Christian leader must have a high developed and thoroughly consecrated mind in order to meet the challenge of leadership in such an age. The author shows the specific steps the thinking Christian can take to keep from blowing his mind.