Santa Fe v Doe

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Santa Fe v Doe

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Docket no.99-62

Citation 530 US 290 (2000

Religion Diversity in the Classroom

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Opinion Announcement June 19, 2000

Prior to 1995, Santa Fe public schools allowed a student to pray over the speaker system before football games. Two families, a morman & a catholic, filed suit claiming the pregame prayer violates the establishment clause of their 1st amenment rights. Santa Fe school district developed a policy to hold two elections. District court added that it could only be nonsectarian, nonproselytizing prayer. Arguments were heard on March 29, 2000. The school district claimed this policy did not violate the Establishment Clause because the prayers were not public speech, student led with no involvement from the school and passed the three part test lemon test. Doe, representing the families, argued that the school district was extremely involved because the events were held on school property, on system owned by schools, school sponsored, etc. The families also argued that prayer was public speech forcing them to participate or not attend event. June 19, 2000, in a 6-3 opinion, the courts ruled in favor of Doe. Agreeing that pregame prayer is a public speech and does violate the establishment clause.

Educators experienced several policy changes which were to be enforced to students. Teachers had to be patient, understanding and non bias.They also were not allowed to influence students religious beliefs in any way. If I were teaching during this time, I would have adapted to the changes and applied them when necessary while keeping a religiously diverse classroom.

Teachers have the difficult responsibilty of providing a religiously diverse classroom. Being respectful, caring, and understanding helps create a diverse enviornment. The instruction of religion is allowed and encouraged. Instead of concentrating one or more specific religions students learn about topics such as; history of religion, known impacts on the US, evalution, creationism, etc. Assignments can require art, research, media, true stories allowing students to choose a religion to study. In addition, teachers should be able to offer correct advice using the correct terminology or where to locate the information.

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