The framers of the Constitution, in drafting the so-called Establishment Clause of the First Amendment—Congress shall not establish nor prohibit the practice of religion—intentionally juxtaposed two seemingly contrasting articles, understanding that we would grapple with these questions anew each day. And, indeed, we have.
This book treats the Constitution, and in particular, the First Amendment, as a living document, one that requires interpretation and re-interpretation on a regular basis as our nation and its people evolve. The book begins with an overview essay discussing the background of the contemporary debate over religion in schools. A timeline then highlights key events related to religion and education. Approximately 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries follow. These focus on contemporary concerns and provide objective, fundamental information about events, legislation, people, and other topics. The entries provide cross-references and suggestions for further reading, and the volume closes with an annotated bibliography.
- An overview essay examines the background and significance of the debate over religion in education
- A timeline highlights key events related to education and religion
- Approximately 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries provide essential information about people, laws, events, and other topics
- An annotated bibliography cites and evaluates additional information resources