The Evolving Role of Government in Education

The Evolving Role of Government in Education

The Evolving Role of Government in Education








The Evolving Role of Government in Education
Kenneth Davis
Grand Canyon University: EDU310
June 5, 2011


The Evolving Role of Government in Education
The United States governments play an ever evolving role in education.   They are responsible for many of the exceedingly particular rules and regulations that drive schools and districts to change.   All of these legislative rulings are supposedly made to help America’s youth, but some of them are more idealism than realistic.   This essay will describe some of the many cases and laws that have evolved or have had an impact on U.S. education.
The United States educational system began on the laws and moral of the religion.   In colonial times schools and religion went hand in hand.   All of this country’s first schools and educational systems were the product of some particular religious sect.   The first schools were used to educate the colonist children but the religious tensions and sectarian rivalries among early colonists had also used schooling to advance their ideals.   Particularly the Universities such as Harvard founded in 1636, and Yale founded in 1707 were founded as seminaries to train future clergymen. Although this type of thought about how schools should be run still is around today, there has been much government involvement to change that stat quo.   In cases such as Everson v. Board of Education, and Illinoisex rel. McCollum v. Board of Education the court ruled against religion in schools.   These rulings proved to be major divides between church and state
      “To hold that a state cannot consistently with the First and Fourteenth Amendments utilize its public school system to aid any or all religious faiths or sects in the dissemination of their doctrines and ideals does not, as counsel urge, manifest a governmental hostility to religion or religious teachings.” Justice Hugo Black (1948)


The first amendment was made to create...

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