Religion in Public Schools

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The role of religion in public schools has long been a topic of debate, with some people arguing that religious practices such as prayer and Bible reading belong in the schools of a historically Christian nation, while others argue that the separation of church and state demands that religion be kept out of schools altogether. Politicians and school administrators, who have to make decisions about the place of religion in public schools, often look to the results of survey research to gauge how the public feels about such issues. So what are the opinions of the public when it comes to religion in public schools? Does the right of free speech mean that teachers and students should be allowed to pray in schools, or does the separation of church and state preclude religious activity on campus? In this learning module, we explore the opinions of average Americans.

Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes.

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