ERIC Number: ED193757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Religion and the Public Schools. OSSC Bulletin Vol. 24, No. 1.
Martin, George B.
In response to recent controversy surrounding the relationship between religion and public education, this bulletin offers an examination of past and present conflicts and the legal status of each. A great diversity of religious beliefs is part of our national heritage. Conflicts resulting from differing views on the role of religion in education may best be dealt with when policies and procedures addressing such differences exist. Issues to consider include religious rituals, bible reading and prayers, observance of holy days, instructional activities, and curriculum content. Court decisions have distinguished between teaching a religion and teaching about religious matters. Moral and sex education may also be taught, though schools tend to avoid controversial content. One way districts have dealt with the separation of church and school is through the use of released time that allows students to attend religious classes. Another way is shared time between church-related and public schools. Decisions concerning the use of public school buses for parochial school students and the loaning of books to parochial schools have been conflicting. Current issues to be aware of include the rise of cults, the undecided fate of voucher systems, and the inclusion of the creation theory in the curriculum. An appendix of legal decisions and a bibliography are provided. (JK)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Dual Enrollment, Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Private School Aid, Public Schools, Released Time, Religious Education, School Community Relationship, Shared Services, State Church Separation
Oregon School Study Council, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 ($4.00; $3.00 if prepaid; 10% discount for 10 or more copies)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.