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Teaching religion in schools

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Social Studies High School

Teaching Religion in Schools

The First Amendment is the basis for the separation of church and state. The government and organizations funded by the government, like public schools, cannot promote a particular religion. This separation, highlighted in the U.S. Constitution, led to a national debate in 2004 when a fifth-grade teacher in California was asked to keep his religion out of the classroom. Listen to learn more about both sides of this debate, and the rights students have against indoctrination.

Note: Since this public radio story first aired the lawsuit was settled out of court.

Civics/Government Constitution Religion

Story Length: 5:26

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National Public Radio © 2004 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 12/12/2004

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