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Religion in science class

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Social Studies High School

Religion in Science Class

The separation of church and state is part of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It was intended to ensure religious freedom. It’s been debated and challenged for decades. Most recently, the debate centered around what role religious beliefs should have on what students learn in biology class. Should schools teach evolution or intelligent design? Or should schools note evolution is a theory? Listen to learn more about the first major legal challenge to a policy on how to teach biology in Pennsylvania.

Note: Since this public radio story first aired a U.S. District Judge rules the Dover school system could not insert intelligent design into the science curriculum because it violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

Civics/Government Constitution Religion

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National Public Radio © 2005 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 09/26/2005

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