Editorial: Religion in the Classroom Issue Riddled with Tensions

January 27, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor


On January 27, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "when it comes to religion, there's an odd patchwork of what's allowed and banned in schools around the country, and the questions raised in the [...] controversy are complex: Does separating church and state mean omitting religion from public schools entirely? If it is permissible to teach about religion, where is the line separating academics from indoctrination? Can young students understand the subtleties of faith versus intellectual inquiry in the same way adults or teenagers can? And even if a curriculum seems fine, what ensures that teachers won't proselytize?"