Religion – Engel v. Vitale
Author: Office of the U.S. Courts – Educational Resources
Where is the line between religion and public schools? Where do school-sponsored prayers fit in? Is the practice of praying at school Constitutional if the prayer is non-denominational? What if students are allowed to remain silent or leave the room during the prayer? These and other issues evolve when students examine the question: Is school-sponsored prayer in public schools unconstitutional? This lesson contains materials for Engel v. Vitale, a Landmark Case. These materials can be used to lead students in a discussion of religion in public schools.
- Students will understand the issues and hold in Engel v. Vitale.
- Students will learn about the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Students will learn about the issues involved in religion in the public schools.
- Students will learn about the religion clauses of the First Amendment.
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