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Dr. William Allan Kritsonis - Religion Rights of Teachers in the School Environment, PPT.

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Dr. William Allan Kritsonis - Religion Rights of Teachers in the School Environment, PPT.

  1. 1. RELIGION RIGHTS OF TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTWilliam Allan Kritsonis, PhD
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7. IN ELEMENTARY……THESE TOPICS MAY INVOLVE SOME TOPICS IN DISCUSSION: STUDY OF FAMILY COMMUNITY VARIOUS CULTURES THE NATION
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. In summary, The law guarantees students fundamental religious freedoms while requiring the school to maintain a religiously neutral environment.

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