God goes back to public school
Millions of kids return to school this week – and, contrary to culture-war rhetoric, most of them won’t leave their faith at the schoolhouse door.
As classes get under way, public school students across America will form religious clubs, pray together in their free time, distribute religious literature to classmates, share their religious convictions in class discussions and in many other ways belie the myth of the “godless public schools.”
Many teachers, meanwhile, are gearing up to teach about religions in various history and literature classes. State standards, especially in the social studies, now require that students learn something (and, in some states, a considerable amount) about the major faith traditions.
This much religion in schools may strike some readers as surprising and ...