Schools Fail to Help Students Understand Religion, Experts Say

Nashville (AP) -- A group of religious and education leaders say public school educators could be better at promoting understanding of religion while avoiding infringement of the First Amendment.

About 50 people with expertise in issues concerning religion in public education attended a Nashville conference this week on the future of religion in public schools.

Participants discussed how the First Amendment, which bars laws establishing religion, should be applied in schools and ways to avoid conflicts and lawsuits.

Bolstered in part by conservative political leadership in Washington over the last 20 years, religion is now often taught in literature, history, art and music courses in public schools.

Also, there are more religious clubs and activities, and schools recognize the importance of religious holidays.

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