ERIC Number: ED172385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Church-State Issues in Education. Fastback 123.
The first words of the first of the rights guaranteed to Americans in the Bill of Rights are, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Despite the obvious general intent of these words, doubts remain about specific applications of the law. The permissible relationship between religion and education is particularly difficult to define. This document refers to several landmark court cases in providing a general overview of judicial thinking regarding this relationship. The cited decisions cover such topics as the extent to which and the ways in which public funds can support parochial education, the acceptable levels of religious observance in public schools, the rights of parents and students not to participate in public instruction or public school practices on religious grounds, and the degree to which religious beliefs can legally influence the public school curriculum. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, History, Parochial Schools, Private School Aid, Public Schools, Religion, Religious Education, State Aid, State Church Separation
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47402 ($0.75; quantity discounts; a $1 handling fee will be charged on orders under $5 if payment is not enclosed)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: First Amendment
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