Religion Rights Of Tchrs. In The School Environment

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Dr. William Allan Kritsonis, School Law, Use of School Facilities, Religous Rights of Teachers, Religous Freedom of Expression, Religous Rights in Schooling, Due Process, Freedom of Expression, School …

Dr. William Allan Kritsonis, School Law, Use of School Facilities, Religous Rights of Teachers, Religous Freedom of Expression, Religous Rights in Schooling, Due Process, Freedom of Expression, School Prayers, Termination, Due Process

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  • 1. RELIGION RIGHTS OF TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
  • 2. Religion in Public Schools
    • Public Schools :
    • May not inculcate nor inhibit religion
    • Uphold the 1 st Amendment when they protect the religious rights of students of all faiths or none
  • 3. 1 ST AMENDMENT
    • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
  • 4. How to teach about religion
    • Approach to religion is academic, not devotional
    • Strives for student awareness of religions, not press for student acceptance of any religion
    • School sponsors study about religion, not the practice of religion
  • 5. TINKER V. DES MOINES ISD
    • The supreme court stated that free expression is guaranteed in the public schools where it:
    • Does not materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school
    • Does not invade the rights of others
  • 6. Continued…….
    • School may expose students to a diversity of religious view, but may not impose on any particular view.
    • School educates about all religions; it does not promote or denigrate religion.
    • School informs students about various beliefs; it does not seek to conform students to any particular belief.
  • 7. IN ELEMENTARY……
    • THESE TOPICS MAY INVOLVE SOME TOPICS IN DISCUSSION:
    • STUDY OF FAMILY
    • COMMUNITY
    • VARIOUS CULTURES
    • THE NATION
  • 8. SECONDARY………
      • INCLUSION OF STUDY ABOUT RELIGION:
      • Social studies
      • Art, drama, music or literature with religious themes are permissible if it serves a sound educational goal in curriculum
  • 9. CLASSROOM RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ABOUT RELIGION
    • Finding Common Ground: A First Amendment Guide to Religion and Public Education
    • RELIGION IN AMERICAN LIFE by leading scholars for young readers
    • On common ground: World Religions in America
  • 10. In summary,
    • The law guarantees students' fundamental religious freedoms while requiring the school to maintain a religiously neutral environment.