An interview with Warren Nord Regarding Rod Paige's Comments

April 16, 2003

Source: News Observer

On April 16, 2003 the News Observer printed an interview with Warren A. Nord, director of the humanities program at UNC-Chapel Hill, relative to U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige's recent remarks. Nord stated, "it's extremely important to get into a discussion of Christian values. But people are worried that Christian values will be taught in a privileged way. Many of the values taught in character education programs are related to religion, Christianity as much as anyone else. If a school teaches about American history, Christianity will come up a lot more than Buddhism, which is understandable. Understanding Christian views on tolerance or slavery is important because religion has shaped American history. Christianity just can't be taught as the right religion."