Social Goals of Schooling

Chapter 2

Religion and Public Schools

As a public institution, should religious values be taught in schools? If so, how would you go about achieving this objective? Would you prescribe limits?

Sex Education and Public Schools

Should courses in sex education be included in a school's curriculum? Or, should the idea of abstinence only education be expressed in health classes?

Children of the Rainbow Curriculum

Same-sex marriage and civil unions are becoming more acceptable in society. The Children of the Rainbow curriculum includes books intended to teach understanding and acceptance of non-traditional families in elementary-level curricula. What is your reaction?

Constitutional Issue: Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Random Drug Testing of Students

What would be your opinion about a public school enacting a random drug-testing policy for students who take part in extracurricular activities? Would you give the school complete authority to enact this policy? Why or why not? If enacted, would you place limits on testing?