Key Theme: Education and Schools


Buddhist Education Foundation
Prints DharmaDharma means religion, religious duty, religious teaching. The word dharma comes from a Sanskrit root meaning “to uphold, support, bear,” thus dharma is that order of things which informs the whole world, from the laws of nature to the inner workings ... books free of charge


Hindu Education Foundation
A project of U.S. Hindus, this organization works to correct “misconceptions about India in general and about Hinduism“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li... and Hindus in particular.”


Anti-Defamation LeagueThe Anti-Defamation League is a Jewish organization founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Its mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, to secure justice and fa... (on religious freedom)
Fights for civil rights and opposes anti-SemitismAnti-Semitism means literally “opposed to Semites” although it has always referred specifically to Jews. Modern anti-Semitism arose in Europe toward the end of the 19th century, coalescing social, racial, and religious theories that denigrated the Jew... and all forms of bigotry and discrimination.

Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education
The largest North American membership association dedicated to Jewish education across the spectrum of the Jewish tradition.

The Melton Research Center for Jewish Education
A center of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, this organization “has the mandate of improving the quality of Jewish education throughout North America.”

Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education
“A collaborative initiative of major philanthropic partners, whose goal is to strengthen the Jewish day school movement by increasing enrollment in Jewish day schools in North America.”


Council on Islamic Education
Founded by Shabbir Mansuri in 1990, the Council on Islamic Education aims to “support and strengthen American public education” by working with policymakers, publishers, educators, and the media.

SikhSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob...

Sikh Council on Religion and Education
Based in Washington, D.C., SCORE’s mission is “to represent the Sikh viewpoint in public forums, interfaith discussions and throughout governmental agencies to promote community understanding and a just society for all.”


Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools
“A First Amendment guide to religion and public education published by the First Amendment Center.”

“Religious Diversity and the Making of Meaning: Implications for the Classroom” by R. Eugene Rice
Diversity & Democracy, Volume 11, Number 1, 2008

Religious Diversity News: Schools
Our database of archived news articles searched by key theme.

Religious Liberty in Public Schools: Frequently Asked Questions
An FAQ page of the First Amendment Center website.

Religious Studies in Secondary Schools
“A coalition of public, private, independent, and Catholic secondary school teachers from hundreds of schools across the United States and Canada committed to the idea that education is not complete without the academic study of the world’s religious traditions and ethical values, literatures, and cultures so inextricably linked to them.”

Teaching Tolerance – Leaps of Faith
Article featured in the Spring 1994 issue of Teaching Tolerance, a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

UCLA Asian American Studies Center
An organization “recognized as the premier research and teaching institution in the field of Asian American Studies” and devoted to the development of social services for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

U.S. Department of Education (on religious expression)
Government website with information and resources about the issue of religious expression in schools.