History of Religion in Public Schools Today it is common to hear people talk about separation of church and state with the assumption that religion has never been a part of public schools. But a study of the history of religion in public schools reveals a different story. The 19th Century and the One-room Schoolhouse The formation of America’s public school system was a gradual process that can be traced back to the 19th century. By the mid 1800s, the concept of the one-room schoolhouse had gained currency across the nation. And a rich diversity of teachings and approaches characterized education in these settings with many one-room schoolhouses overtly teaching Christian principles (Encyclopedia of Women and Religion In North America,...The end:
.....urch and state. But for much of American history, religion and Christianity were a fundamental part of instruction and daily practice. Only in the last fifty years since the Supreme Court case, Abington School District v. Schempp, has a pure separation of church and state been upheld. REFERENCES Anthony, M.J. & Benson, W.S. (2003). Exploring the History and Philosophy of Christian Education: Principles for the Twenty-First Century. Kregel Publications. Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. (n.d.). Indiana University Press. Merriman, S.A. (2007). Religion and the law in America: an encyclopedia of personal belief and public policy, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. Russo, Charles J. (2008). Encyclopedia of Education Law, Volume 1. SAGE.