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Document Number: 1713

Religion in Schools MS Word - A century ago, most of America’s public schools were evangelical, Protestant institutions. Today, with only a few lapses, public schools are secular. The religious orientation of the past seriously polarized people. Over time, public educators regretted the alienation of so many people and sought to redesign public schools for all children, by eliminating or modifying religious material. The courts accelerated this trend, and in 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that officially mandated prayer in the public schools was unconstitutional. In 1963, the court similarly excluded Bible reading as a religious exercise. (Education Commission of the States, October 2000)...
Author: Amanda Erwin
Publisher: ECS

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