Dr. William Allan Kritsonis - Religion Rights of Teachers in the School Environment, PPT.
RELIGION RIGHTS OF TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTWilliam Allan Kritsonis, PhD
Religion in Public SchoolsPublic Schools : May not inculcate nor inhibit religion Uphold the 1st Amendment when they protect the religious rights of students of all faiths or none
1ST 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.
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
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
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.
IN ELEMENTARY……THESE TOPICS MAY INVOLVE SOME TOPICS IN DISCUSSION: STUDY OF FAMILY COMMUNITY VARIOUS CULTURES THE NATION
SECONDARY………INCLUSION OF STUDY ABOUT RELIGION:Social studiesArt, drama, music or literature with religious themes are permissible if it serves a sound educational goal in curriculum
CLASSROOM RESOURCES FORTEACHING 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
In summary, The law guarantees students fundamental religious freedoms while requiring the school to maintain a religiously neutral environment.