Religious Freedom and Discrimination in Education

November 2014
Rodney S. Whiteman, Jamie LeSense, Juhanna Rogers, Seena Skelton, Kathleen King Thorius

This edition of the Equity Dispatch states that educators should be aware of religion to make schools more inclusive and consider ways religious expression may intersect with curricular or co¬-curricular programs, discipline and attendance policies, access to school facilities, or even harassment and bullying. Inclusive educators teach about religion and allow students to explore their religious or nonreligious identities while shedding light on stereotypes or misunderstandings that may lead to peer to¬ peer harassment based on religious expression. Further, they are aware of covert and overt messages that any one religious practice is preferred, and are sensitive to education materials or policies that may promote religious stereotypes or endorse a particular religious view.

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