Winsonsin V Yoder

Basic Facts

The amish Yoder family was prosecuted under Wisconsin law when they refused to send their children to school past the eighth grade because it violated their religious beliefs

Issue

Did Wisconsin's requirement that all parents send their children to school at least until age 16 violate the First Amendment by criminalizing the conduct of parents who refused to send their children to school for religious reasons?

Precedent Established

It affirmed the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment by ruling in favor of freedom of religion

Historic Significance

Students whose religion conflicts with traditional schooling practices must be allowed to consider alternatives

Significance Today

It allowed for students whose way of life may disagree with traditional schooling practices to consider alternatives.

Future Significance

In the future the government may enact much more strict legislation mandating attendance in school and this may conflict with religious practices.