Understanding Religious Freedom in Public Schools (9.15-10.5.19)


:            September 15 - October 5, 2019
Course #:     EDMA 288:719
Instructor:   Connie Ryan

Prayer in school. War on Religion. Students gathering at the flagpole. Parents’ rights and parental choice. Banning books. Sacred music at public school concerts. Evolution vs. creationism.

All are subjects bantered about in relationship to public schools and religious freedom. Do the religious freedom rights of a student or family trump the rights of other students? What is the role of the school, administrator, or teacher when a student’s religious freedom comes into question? What is valid, or not? Is a teacher protected by his or her religious freedom in teaching or refusing to teach a subject matter?

This 1-credit course will help to define religious freedom and its intersection with public education in a variety of situations. The course will offer resources for teachers to understand the legal and ethical parameters around religious freedom and public education. Additionally, the course will provide tools to use in the classroom to encourage constructive, civil conversation on religious freedom and other important topics that arise in the classroom.

This class is available for License Renewal, Graduate, Paraeducator or Audit credit.


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