A veteran journalist, essayist, and award-winning education writer, Linda K. Wertheimer is the author of the forthcoming book, FAITH ED, Teaching about Religion in an Age of Intolerance. FAITH ED, which will be released on Aug. 18, 2015, by Beacon Press, focuses on public schools’ ups and downs as they teach about world religions. The research for this project began practically in Linda’s backyard when she reported on a suburban school’s field trip to a Boston mosque that went awry. But the motivation for FAITH ED dates back to Linda’s childhood. In the 1970s, she was, other than her brothers, the only Jew in her tiny Ohio school, where the custom at the time was to preach religion in school rather than teach about it. Linda won a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council award for an excerpt from FAITH ED, and you can see a snippet of that piece here.
Linda, who reported on urban and higher education for decades, aims to use her writing not just to make people think, but to prompt positive change in society. You can sign up for Linda’s e-newsletter to receive details about her first book as it nears publication, check out samples of her work in Writings, and find out about upcoming talks and workshops in Events.
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