ERIC Number: ED202179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Religious and Moral Values in Public Schools: A Constitutional Analysis.
Lines, Patricia M.
Focusing on what policymakers cannot do, rather than on what they should do, this booklet explores the constitutional parameters of the teaching of moral values. Section 1 provides a description of the general rules for legal analysis followed by the courts when dealing with freedom of speech or religion. In the following two sections, these rules are applied to decisions to exclude or include value-laden concepts in school programs. The booklet concludes with a discussion of ways in which the public school system can accomodate a diversity of viewpoints about morality and religion and, in particular, ways to accomodate those who disagree with the official choices made for the public education program. A review of constitutional "Do's and Don'ts" for educational policymakers seeking to establish a value system as part of the public school program is appended. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Creationism, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Freedom of Speech, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Moral Values, Policy Formation, Public Schools, Religious Conflict, State Church Separation
Law and Education Center, Education Commission of the States, Suite 300, 1860 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80295 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Law and Education Center.