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Benjamin J. Bindewald

Benjamin J. Bindewald
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PhD, Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies; Focus in Social Foundations of Education, Clemson University

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Introduction
I received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a dual focus in social studies & educational foundations from Clemson University. I worked as an associate professor of social foundations at Oklahoma State University where my research & teaching interests included tolerance & justice in education within the context of pluralist, democratic societies, philosophical foundations of inquiry, qualitative research, religious pluralism, democratic education, & philosophy and history of education.
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July 2014 - present
Oklahoma State University - Stillwater
Position
  • Research Assistant
August 2010 - May 2014
Clemson University
Position
  • Research Assistant

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Publications (27)
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This essay by Suzanne Rosenblith and Benjamin Bindewald is motivated by the question of how do those who value civic liberalism give the religiously orthodox a reason to engage in pluralist democratic deliberations in a manner that does not allow intolerance to undermine the foundations of liberal democracy. Introducing the idea of tolerance as mut...
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In this review essay, I discuss Adam Laats and Harvey Siegel's Teaching Evolution in a Creation Nation (TE) and Michele Moses' Living with Moral Disagreement: The Enduring Controversy about Affirmative Action (LMD), two new books that, from different angles, address the challenge of making just and wise decisions about education in a culturally and...
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This article provides an overview of the socio-political, cultural, and historical characteristics of the relationship between conservative Christians and the American system of public education, describes the influence of fundamentalist views on contemporary conservative Christians and recounts the historical relationship between the Religious Rig...
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How should those who value reasonable pluralism navigate ethical and epistemological challenges related to speech and inquiry in higher education? We propose the ethical pursuit of public knowledge as a guiding vision for public colleges and universities with the understanding that other institutions will serve different purposes. The ethical crite...
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As agents of the state rather than private individuals while working, U.S. public schoolteachers' ‘free exercise rights’ are sharply curtailed to prevent them from (dis)favoring any one religion. Are there public schoolteachers who chafe against these constraints, wishing instead for religious accommodations that would grant them the flexibility to...
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Americans are deeply and increasingly polarized along political and ideological lines. The lack of engagement, understanding, and appreciation between people of divided groups is stunning and potentially catastrophic. In this paper, we will analyze ideas of Herbert Marcuse’s proposition of “discriminating tolerance” (1965) to Foucault’s analysis of...
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Since the Supreme Court decisions in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014) and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), new found national attention has been directed to religious freedom and the free exercise clause, the lesser employed of the two religion clauses in the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. While this attention to date has not been specifically dire...
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Teaching about the Bible in U.S. public schools is both a legal and sound educational practice (see, e.g., Feinberg & Layton 2014). School leaders must be careful, however, that any study of the Bible in a public school is done through a secular, academic, historical and/or literary approach rather than a devotional one. Promoting or denigrating re...
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Drawing on a three-year ethnography, this study examines how the intersectionality of class and the complexities of Chineseness in local and national discourses shape Chinese immigrant families’ after-school educational experiences that relate to Christian norms and practices in a Midwest town. Focusing on the relationship between dominant and subo...
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Restricting public employees' free exercise rights or the State to maintain neutrality toward religion has been longstanding precedent in the United States. It has certainly been the case in US public schools beginning in the 1940s and affirmed through the courts over and again through much of the 20th century. The aftermath of 2 recent Supreme Cou...
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Calling on public schools to both reflect and reconstruct the broader societies in which they are located is especially salient for pluralist societies such as the United States and Canada, which are enriched yet divided by deep cultural and religious differences. In such environments, the school's mission to foster the development of civic values...
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The purpose of this conceptual article is to explore the merits of mapping as a data tool for improving state policymakers’ awareness of the characteristics and circumstances of the communities they serve. Using South Carolina’s Supreme Court decision on a landmark school finance case as the context, a series of maps were created and examined to il...
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This conceptual paper assesses prevalent critiques of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and analyzes content from the CCSS in language arts and literacy to determine whether the standards are likely to support or undermine key democratic aims of education. The authors conclude that critiques of the CCSS have some merit but are generally overst...
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The year 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of released time for religious education, a practice through which students are “released” from public schools for devotional religious instruction. Though states and school districts are not required to release students for devotional religious courses, public schools may legally establish released time...
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Released time is an arrangement through which students are excused from public schools during regular hours to participate in devotional lessons. South Carolina has become the center of operations for a movement of evangelical Christians to expand proselytizing released time programs throughout the United States. As a result of the movement’s lobby...
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The American public landscape has shifted in concert with a newly emboldened political right, and the public school has again become an important battlefield in the latest “culture wars.” In addition to confrontations over educational policy issues is a largely un-theorized area where the everyday classroom takes center stage: Teachers face a diffi...
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Released time is an arrangement through which students are excused from public schools, during regular hours, to participate in devotional lessons conducted by local religious organizations. The courts have upheld this practice as long as classes are held off public school premises, with parental permission, and without government aid. South Caroli...
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The tenuous relationship between religion and public schooling illuminates the dangers presented to the democratic, pluralist state when collective religious identity trumps democratic and pluralist commitments and indeed violates the time-tested protections of the First Amendment. In this article, the authors provide a brief overview of the religi...
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The tenuous relationship between religion and public schooling illuminates the dangers presented to the democratic, pluralist state when collective religious identity trumps democratic and pluralist commitments and indeed violates the time-tested protections of the First Amendment. In this article, the authors provide a brief overview of the religi...
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Since the 1940’s, the Supreme Court has routinely applied the 14th amendment to the 1st amendment prohibiting states from establishing religion and protecting the right to free exercise. For nearly 75 years, public schools have been at the center of many legal battles as both states and religious proponents have argued for and against particular ri...
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If a society is to adapt to a rapidly changing world, to protect individual rights and give to each of its citizens a voice in its political process, it must guarantee quality educational opportunities for all. And if it is to meet such responsibilities, this kind of society must establish school curricula that address the diverse needs, talents, a...
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With this article, the authors articulate a rationale for consideration of both the epistemological and ethical duties of the teacher. They offer three principles by which teachers might navigate the muddy waters of taking religion and religious believers seriously in liberal, pluralistic, democratic classrooms. These principles, authentic respect,...
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South Carolina played a crucial role in the historical struggle over evolution. This statement is supported by the facts that the state was (1) home to W. C. Wells, whose work on natural selection predated Darwin's by half of a century; (2) a place where the firing of professors for holding evolutionist views occurred; (3) where the first legal cha...

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I'm interested in studying world religions or religious education programs (including course curricula, texts, instructors, students, parents, administrators, district office policy, state policy, etc.) in Oklahoma public schools and contributing to improvements in the ways public education addresses matters relating to religion.

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Thinking about how schools and universities can/should respond ethically and productively to cultural, ideological, and religious diversity.
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The goal of this book project is to produce a substantive but student-friendly text that will provide an overview of philosophical paradigms, their corresponding ontological, epistemological, and moral/political positions, and how they relate to one another and to various research methodologies.
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The goal of this national survey of teachers, legislators, and school board members is to better understand stakeholders' beliefs about public school teachers' religious expression in the classroom.