S: Religious Celebration in the Classroom
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FC: tReligious Celebration in the Public School Classroom
1: "Since 1776 the United States has grown from a nation of relatively few religious differences to one of countless religious groups" (Freedom Forum, pg. 3).
3: The Supreme Court has ruled that public schools may not sponsor religious practices but may teach about religion.
5: Skoros v. City of New York (2006) Federal district courts and US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2nd circuit in NY upheld school district policy Ok to display secularized symbols
7: •Make a Chart •Talk to Parents •Make a class book •Send home holiday questionnaire •Turn holiday parties into “friendship feasts” •Use holidays as a way to teach whole world perspective
8: Teacher Ed Programs: PRSE Comparative Religion Instruction How do you handle expressions of faith in the classroom? What can you display in your classroom? What other schools are doing?
11: Why include faith and religion in the classroom anyway?