Starting with an opening anecdote expressing the ethical relevance of why world religions should be a part of public schools’ core curriculum, “The Panoptic Problem With Religion in Public Schools” provides both historic and theoretical context for the secular debate as to why religion should or should not be a subject in public schools. Beginning with background information on American secularization, rooted in the First Amendment, “The Panoptic Problem” analyzes recent and relevant court cases regarding religion in schools, ultimately proposes theoretical and philosophical explanations as to why a change in policy is so difficult for the public school system. Finally, “The Panoptic Problem” presents responses to likely rebuttals, problematizing its own argument while asserting its claims to validity.
Religions; Religions -- Philosophy; Religions -- History
Relics, Remnants, and Religion: an Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies
The University of Puget Sound
"The Panoptic Problem with Religion in Public Schools,"
Relics, Remnants, and Religion: An Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies: Vol. 1
, Article 10.
Available at: http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/relics/vol1/iss1/10