ERIC Number: ED542048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1930
Reference Count: 0
Legal Status of Bible Reading and Religious Instruction in Public Schools. Bulletin, 1930, No. 14
Keesecker, Ward W.
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior
The matter covered by this manuscript has grown out of controversies, yet it is not in itself controversial. At times there are arrayed on one side of this controversy, those who sincerely believe that a reading or teaching of the Bible in the public schools will make for better citizenship; and on the other side are to be found those who believe a real adherence to the principle of complete separation of church and state requires excluding the Bible. These controversies in themselves tend to make perilous the path of school executives, members of school boards, and State legislators. There are also reasons to believe that such controversies are merely cloaks for ancient prejudices, modern intolerances, or whims of youth who wish to disobey rules or defy properly constituted authority. This bulletin was published in response to a demand for information relative to the use of the Bible in public schools. The aim is to provide up-to-date information to answer the principal questions often propounded relating to the present legal status and current practice in respect to the use of the Bible in public schools in the various States. With respect to court decisions on this topic, the analysis has included three propositions: (1) What facts gave rise to the case?; (2) What relative questions were considered by the court?; and (3) How were the questions decided by the court? The data contained herein are derived from a study of State constitutional and statutory provisions, court decisions, and a questionnaire to the several State departments of education. (Contains 11 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Public Schools, Biblical Literature, Legislators, Religious Education, Christianity, State Church Separation, Educational Practices, Court Litigation, Questionnaires, State Departments of Education, Educational Administration
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education (ED)