The following is a post from our sponsor, Alliance Defending Freedom.
School is a place for learning, achievement and – contrary to what some parents are led to believe – it can be a place for faith, too. After all, students should be able to live their faith in all areas of life, including the classroom. And at graduation, if students are selected through a neutral process, they can make speeches that mention God or prayer, since these speeches are usually protected by the First Amendment.
To help protect your child’s right to live out Christian values at school, it’s important for parents to be informed. Much of what students and parents are told about religious freedom in public education (and the “separation of church and state” that is often mentioned in discussions like these) simply isn’t true. For instance, you might not know that:
- Students are allowed to talk about God in class assignments.
- Religious student groups are entitled to the same rights and resources as any other club on campus.
- Students can refuse to participate in assignments that force them to violate their religious beliefs.
- Student graduation speeches are private speech, usually protected by the First Amendment. Graduating seniors should not be banned from communicating their sincere sentiments to their fellow classmates.
The classroom can and should be a safe, welcoming place for all students and their beliefs. It’s up to parents to help make sure this is a reality for their children, from kindergarten through high school and even college.
How do religion, faith and education overlap in your children’s lives?