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Linda K. Wertheimer

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A veteran journalist, I'm the author of Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance (published in hardcover by Beacon Press in August 2015. It comes out in paperback in August 2016). The book took me back to a small town in Ohio where I moved in fourth grade and was the only Jew and around the country, where I delved into stories about teachers trying to teach about the world's religions in the face of controversy. I'm, naturally, an avid reader. I love great stories, whether nonfiction or fiction. I worked full-time for major metro newspapers for over 20 years, including as education editor for The Boston Globe.

People love to confuse me with the Other Linda of NPR. No, that's not me.

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Linda K. Wertheimer Faith Ed stems from two events, one personal. When I was 9, my family moved from western New York State to Ohio. My brothers and I turned out to be…moreFaith Ed stems from two events, one personal. When I was 9, my family moved from western New York State to Ohio. My brothers and I turned out to be the only Jews in a small school where weekly Christianity were taught. Our school was definitely preaching, not teaching about a particular religion. That led to ostracism and isolation. It led me to question, "What if instead of promoting only Christianity, my school had tried to teach us about other religions? Would we have understood each other better and learned about our world?" Fast forward to 2010, and I heard about a suburban Boston school's field trip to a mosque. There was some controversy, but what intrigued me even more was that these sixth-graders were spending a semester learning about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Their parents overall supported the lessons, and so did the students, who said it led to more respect. The idea from the book came from both of these events.(less)
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Mahatma Gandhi
“I hold that it is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read
sympathetically the scriptures of the world. If we are to respect others'
religions as we would have them to respect our own, a friendly study of the
world's religions is a sacred duty.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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