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No Bible During Show and Tell — Right Call?


A US court has ruled that a kindergartner at a Philadelphia public school cannot have his mother read passages from the Bible during his show and tell presentation.

The court decided that the boy's free speech rights were not violated by the schools refusal to let him share his "favorite book" because the classroom was a nonpublic venue and the children were very young.

Do you think a young child at a public school should be able to share religious texts during show and tell? What if the boy wanted to share the story of Noah's ark or some other insightful parable? Does separation of church and state mean that all religious material should be banned from public schools even when it has the opportunity to help students understand each other and their diverse backgrounds?

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