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Religious education for younger generations is part of nearly every religious tradition. Sunday schools developed in the 19th century as a layperson-led nondenominational effort to both teach the Bible and morality and provide general education in areas where there were few schools. Gradually, Sunday schools became integrated into churches, and there are now few unaffiliated union schools. Sunday school generally takes place before or after a regular church service and sometimes at the same time. Children are usually grouped by age level, and occasionally, by gender. There are also often adult classes, some organized by approach or topic, or age groups. While Sunday schools are from Protestant tradition, they have had broader appeal and have been adopted into other religious traditions. Basic education is no ...

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