6:70 - Teaching About Religions and Diverse World Views

Policy 6:70

Instruction

Teaching About Religions and Diverse World Views

The District is responsible, through education, for providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enable them to engage, participate, and become leaders in our racially, religiously, and ethnically diverse democratic society. This education involves the understanding of holidays of religious significance.

The Board of Education is prohibited by the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the Constitution of The United States from promoting, endorsing, or establishing religion, advocating for any belief or dogma, conducting or sponsoring religious practices in its schools, or infringing upon the constitutional rights of its students. However, the Board of Education may provide instruction about religion as part of a secular education curriculum.

The District’s curriculum may include the study of religions as they relate to geography, history, culture, holidays and the development of various ethnic groups. The study of religions shall give neither preferential nor derogatory treatment to any single religion, religious belief, or to religion in general. The study of religions shall be treated as an academic subject with no emphasis on the advancement or practice of religion.

The Superintendent may, in accordance with this policy, promulgate administrative procedures.

Adopted: November 10, 1997
Revised: December 18, 2017

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