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Title: Donald Oppewal Collection, 1950-2008Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/186

Primary Creator: Donald Oppewal (1926-)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

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Professor of education at Calvin College. The collection includes articles; readings for education classes; vitae; tapes; publications; and a thesis entitled “The Method of Consensus and Its Social and Educational Applications.”  [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Donald Oppewal was born in Massachusetts in 1926.  He attended Calvin College majoring in English and minoring in philosophy. He graduated from Calvin with a B.A. in 1950 and went on to earn his Master’s degree in English and history at the University of Michigan. Oppewal pursed a career in education, beginning as an English teacher at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois. After five years, Oppewal went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois with a focus on philosophy of education.  In 1960, Oppewal returned to Calvin College, not as a student, but as a professor. 

During his time at Calvin College, he served on the college’s Teacher Education Committee, Continuing Education Committee, and Graduate Studies Committee. Oppewal also played a major role in establishing the Christian Educators Journal and served as the managing editor, book review editor, and even occasionally wrote for the journal himself. Oppewal also concerned himself with the role of religion in public schools and textbooks. Oppewal also authored the notable book Society, State, and School (1965). He even assembled the Religion and Education conference in 1987. 

In 1991, Oppewal reached emeritus status and retired from active teaching.  He has been married to his wife, Jessica (Leestma), since 1948. Together they had six children.

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Folder 1: Article, "Isolation or Immunization?" Christian Teacher, p. 10 --- March/ April 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Article, "Christian Education for Social Witness," Christian Teacher, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 16-17 --- (September/October 1978)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Article, "Giving the Devil His Due,"  Christian Teacher, p.14 --- Jan./Feb. 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Article, "Tax Funds and Government Control," Christian Educators Journal, vol. 18, pp. 7-9 --- (April/May 1979)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Article, "Why Christian Textbooks," Christian Home and School, vol. 57, pp. 20-21 --- (November 1979)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Article, "Two Paths to Justice," (multi-authors), Christian Home and School, vol. 58 , pp. 8-9, 24-25 --- (Sept. 1980)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Article, "Education Vouchers: the Emerging Coalition," Reformed Journal, vol. 31, pp.18-20 --- (February 1981)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Article, "Competing Views on Educational Authority," Educational Forum, pp. 361-374 --- Mar-81Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Article, "Education Stamps: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?" Grand Press, p. 29 --- October 4, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Article, "What Mean These Titles and Degrees?" Banner, vol. 116 --- (August 24, 1981)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Article, "Humanism as the Religion of Public Education," Christian Legal Society, pp.7-9, [31]-33 --- Winter 1981Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Book, Religious Schooling in America, edited by James C. Carper and Thomas C. Hunt, Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press --- 1984Add to your cart.
Item 2: Book reviews and correspondence re: Religious Schooling in America --- 1984-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Article, "No Bones about It," Christian Home and School, vol. 63, pp. 19-20 --- (February 1985)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Article, "The Case for Vouchers," Reformed Journal, vol. 35, pp. 3-4 --- (April 1985)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Report, "Equity in Values Education," National Institute of Education Grant --- July 15, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Article, "American Calvinist Day Schools," (co-authored with Peter P. De Boer), Christian Scholar's Review, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 120-140 --- -1984Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Article, "As We See It:  'Catch-22'," Reformed Journal, vol. 35, pp. 2-3 --- (September 1985)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Monograph, "Biblical Knowing and Teaching," Grand Rapids, Michigan --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Article, "Confessions of a Core Curriculum Revisionist," Dialogue, pp. 20-24 --- Feb-86Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Book, Religion Schools in America: a Selected Bibliography, edited by Thomas C. Hunt, James C. Carper, and Charles R. Kniker; New York: Garland Publishing --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Essay, "Calvinism and Education," in Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Education --- [1987?]Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Monograph, "Voices from the Past: Reformed Educators," Grand Rapids, Michigan: Calvin College --- May 1992Add to your cart.

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