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May teachers permit students to discuss religion in the classroom?

Since students do have freedom of speech in school, they should be permitted to discuss their religious beliefs in the classroom as long as their comments are pertinent to the discussion at hand.  Since the teacher exercises pedagogical control of the classroom, she must permit students to discuss religion when it is relevant to the topic at hand.  However, when this is done, all viewpoints should be equally welcomed and the teacher’s viewpoint should not be obvious.

Keeping Christ in America’s Public Schools, Gibbs & Gibbs, 2008

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