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Religion teachers looking for new ways to reach youths
Religion teachers looking for new ways to reach youths

The Baltimore public school system hired Eric Whitehair as a history teacher, but his heart was in World Religions. Teaching at the public Maritime Industries Academy High School in 2004, Whitehair, then a second-year teacher, pitched the idea of an elective World Religions class. "I had to sit down with the principal and calm him down," because religion can be a hot-button issue and the school system had other pressing needs. Whitehair, 41, of Charles Village, has since moved to Boys' Latin, the oldest nonsectarian school in the nation, where he is once again teaching World Religions. "I talked them into a class," he said. "I guess I can't help it....

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