ERIC Number: EJ953520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Student Rights to Religious Expression and the Special Characteristics of Schools
Warnick, Bryan R.
Educational Theory, v62 n1 p59-74 Feb 2012
In this essay Bryan Warnick explores how rights to religious expression should be understood for students in public schools. Warnick frames student religious rights as a debate between the conflicting values associated with the Free Exercise Clause and the values associated with the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. He then asks how the special characteristics of the school environment should guide us in prioritizing those values. The overall weight of the considerations, particularly concerns about civic education, leads to a two-pronged approach to religious rights. The first prong involves a robust protection of student religious exercise; the second involves an equally robust regime of school disassociation from student religious exercises.
Descriptors: Religion, Educational Environment, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, State Church Separation, Public Schools, Citizenship Education, Student Rights, Educational Principles
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Establishment Clause; United States Constitution