The parents have the primary responsibility for the upbringing their children, including education. Consequently, parents need to be knowledgeable about the rules and practices school, including all matters relating to the religion and religious freedom in public education. In each community, parents should work with school officials to achieve not only what is constitutional, but also what is right for all citizens (Essex, 2012).The principles of freedom of religious are provided in the First Amendment where the civic structure that allows discussing differences, understand the relationship between parents and school policies and forge serve the common good in public education (Lecture 2, 2014). The following issues or inquiries are general information about the speech and religious practice in schools. These issues are based on the principles liberty of religious framed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, currently interpreted by the courts and according to accept a wide range of religious and educational organizations(Essex, 2012). Some of the current issues that are present in the public schools about religion are: Finding a common ground of freedom, Religious Liberty and Public Schools, The Student Religious Expression, Student Religious Attire or Distribution of Literature, Student Prayer, School Services and in graduation services, and one that cause more attention with the new cuts in budget and higher standards requirements is the Religious Holidays, Attendance, and Exemptions.
Finding a common ground of freedom
Parents and school officials in many communities have found common ground using the following strategies of including all stakeholders. Public schools belong to all citizens, and therefore should emulate the process and observe democratic principles, constitutional development of policy and their curricula (Essex, 2012). Officials or groups manage public schools must take policy decisions only after involve those who would be affected by the decision and with due respect for rights of those views are divergent and it imperative listening to all parties involve. It is important that a mutual trust is created and to really and listen to each other. School officials must accept criticism to their standards and valid school practices, especially in regards to management of religion and religious perspectives. At the same time, parents with deep religious convictions should recognize that vast majority of administrators and teachers in public schools are not intended to be hostile religion and want to be fair to parents and students (Essex, 2012). Many school districts contribute to the confusion and mistrust because policies concerning many of the issues are treated or are set as guide. Schools can demonstrate how important it is to take religious freedom seriously when working with parents to develop comprehensive standards.
Religious Liberty and Public Schools
The general agreement between schools and religious...