Acknowledging Christmas in Public Schools - Teaching Without Fear, Part 17

Did you know the Supreme Court assumes public school children are singing traditional Christmas carols at school? That’s right! Many teachers think it’s unconstitutional to sing carols like Silent Night or Away in a Manger, but it’s not.

In the case of Lynch v. Donnelly, dealing with the public display of a nativity scene (which the Court said was fine), it stated the following:

“To forbid the use of this one passive symbol while hymns and carols are sung and played in public places including schools…would be an overreaction contrary to this Nation’s history and this Court’s holdings.”

If you would like a more information about teaching the religious aspects of Christmas in public schools, click on the link below.

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Christmas in Your School