ERIC Number: ED170838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Moral and Spiritual Values in Public Schools: Legal Implications.
Nolte, M. Chester
This paper explores the legal ramifications associated with teaching moral and spiritual values in the public schools. Following a history of the problem, the paper discusses four schemes currently used for teaching these values to the young: (1) withdrawing children from public schools to either enroll them in private or parochial schools, or instructing them at home; (2) petitioning the board to release children for short periods of time during school hours to receive religious instruction away from school property; (3) asking church and state to cooperate in shared-time programs; and (4) inculcating moral and spiritual values into the public school system. The paper concludes that over 90 percent of American children are taught moral and spiritual values in the public school system. Thus cooperation of parents, teachers, and administrators is essential to determining how these values should be taught. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Religious Education, State Church Separation
Not available separately; See EA 011 580
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 4 of "Contemporary Legal Issues in Education" (EA 011 580); For related documents, see EA 011 580-581 and EA 011 583-598 ; Paper presented at the 1978 Annual convention of the NAtional Organization on Legal Problems of Education