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Religious Liberty in the Educational System of the United States

From the 1980s to the Present


Iwona Zamkowska

Nearly a third of religious liberty cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court addressed religion and education. Numbers that high, the problem definitely deserves consideration of international public. What were the main forces that shaped religious liberty in public education in one of its most formative periods? Did the introduction of religious liberty legal framework in public schools advance religious liberty of students as independent autonomous actors? The author discusses this cultural problem from a broad and complex perspective: both internationally recognized theory of a child’s religious freedom rights and the American models of religious liberty. To cover a wide spectrum of viewpoints, she analyses a broad selection of documents, from state and NGO publications to media coverage.

BIC Classifications

  • Humanities (H)
    • History (HB)
      • Regional & national history (HBJ)
        • History of the Americas (HBJK)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Education (JN)
      • History of education (JNB)
      • Organization & management of education (JNK)
  • Law (L)
    • Laws of Specific jurisdictions (LN)
      • Constitutional & administrative law (LND)
        • Human rights & civil liberties law (LNDC)
  • Geographical (1)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (1KB)
        • USA (1KBB)

BISAC Classifications

  • Education (EDU)
    • EDUCATION / General (EDU000000)
    • EDUCATION / Multicultural Education (EDU020000)
    • Educational Policy & Reform (EDU034)
  • History (HIS)
    • United States (HIS036)
      • HISTORY / United States / General (HIS036000)
  • Law (LAW)
    • LAW / Child Advocacy (LAW010000)
    • LAW / Civil Rights (LAW013000)
    • LAW / Educational Law & Legislation (LAW092000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Education (JN)
      • History of education (JNB)
      • Educational systems & structures (JND)
      • Educational administration & organization (JNK)
  • Law (L)
    • Laws of specific jurisdictions & specific areas of law (LN)
      • Constitutional & administrative law: general (LND)
        • Human rights & civil liberties (LNDC)
  • History & Archaeology (N)
    • History (NH)
      • History of the Americas (NHK)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (USA & Canada) (1KB)
        • United States of America, USA (1KBB)