ERIC Number: ED313813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Religion in Public Schools: Free Exercise, Information, and Neutrality.
Updating School Board Policies, v21 n1 p1-3 Jan 1990
Politics and sex are regular entrees on the school curriculum menu, but since the Supreme Court's 1960s revival of the "wall of separation" between church and state, religion has been censored from the curriculum as well as from the school routine. The free exercise of religion, guaranteed by the First Amendment, is accommodated in U.S. school systems; however, the prohibition against establishment of religion in schools (also guaranteed by the First Amendment), while theoretically simple, is difficult in practice. The exclusion of the role of religion in society's past and present in school textbooks, courses, libraries, and class discussions has resulted in "ethically illiterate" students. Policy development in religious studies should follow the same processes chosen for other new initiatives. A public information program as well as teacher training should be included in religion curriculum planning. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Educational Policies Service.