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A designated "First Amendment Area" at the Muir Woods National Monument.

The documents listed on this page relate to the constitutional guidelines for teaching about religion in US public school classrooms. These  two documents are pdf copies of pamphlets for distribution to teachers, administrators, and parents.

The links below are new sites for First Amendment Center school resources and publications, easier to access than the larger First Amendment Center site which includes many other issues such as press freedom, etc.

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) has published a guide on public education about religions at Guidelines for Teaching About Religion in K‐12 Public Schools in the United States (as a PDF), produced by the AAR’s Religion in the Schools Task Force and published in April 2010. The document contains information much like that in the First Amendment Center guidelines, but has much more on teacher education opportunities, approaches from a religious studies perspective, and much more.

The following resources provide comparative  information on the major world religions and their public impact in the US, in addition to the last site from the UK:

These articles relate to teaching about religions in state standards, world survey courses, and other contexts:

This article is one of a suite in the same issue of Current Issues in Comparative Education that dealt with Islamic  schools.

This study is about the impact of learning about world religions in a high school elective course:

  • Learning about World Religions in Public School: the impact on student attitudes and community acceptance in Modesto, CA (First Amendment Center, 2006 Emile Lester/Patrick S. Roberts (link to download study at Stanford University)