Prayer in Public Schools: History, Law, Pros & Cons


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What two amendments of the U.S. Constitution provide the legal foundation for determining that prayer cannot be required of public school students?

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1. The rule that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion is also known as:

2. Which of the following groups would most likely agree that school is solely for academics?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The presence of religion in public schools has long been a major source of contention. This quiz and worksheet combination will ask questions about pertinent legal issues and concerned groups.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on:

  • The group that believes schools should only be academic
  • A Congressional rule regarding religion
  • Related United States amendments
  • The prominent legal cases regarding religion and public schools

Skills Practiced

Be prepared to utilize the following study skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the debate about prayer in public schools
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the groups involved in the prayer in school debate to properly identify who thinks schools should only be academic
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the legal case Wallace v. Jaffee, as well as Engel v. Vitale

Additional Learning

Further your understanding by reviewing the associated lesson, Prayer in Public Schools: History, Law, Pros & Cons. This lesson will detail these topics:

  • The landmark cases of Engel v. Vitale and Abington Township School District v. Schempp
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of the Constitution in regards to religion in school
  • Arguments for and against prayer in public school
  • What critics believe about prayer in public school