ERIC Number: ED172448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Religions in the Public Schools: Legal and Desirable.
Curriculum Report, v8 n5 Jun 1979
There is a great deal of confusion over the proper relationship of religion to education, and many people believe that Supreme Court decisions have forbidden any mention of God or religion in schools. However, court opinions and other legal statements make it clear that it is legal and desirable to teach about religion in the schools and that the proper role of religion in public schools is as education although not as religious observance. Over the last 15 years, there has been a steady growth of interest in teaching about religions at all levels. Local districts and state departments of education have developed religious curriculum guidelines and teachers have pioneered new units on religion. Several states now certify teachers for religious studies, and clearinghouses and dissemination centers on religious studies have arisen. Many new commercial materials suitable for public school teaching of religious studies have been developed. Many school programs described in this report focus on topics such as the Bible as literature or comparative religion. Descriptions and addresses of centers involved with the creation of religious studies instructional materials are also given. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Court Litigation, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Descriptions, Public Schools, Religion
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($0.50, quantity discounts; payment must accompany orders of $10 or less)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.