This week, the Kern High School District school board in Bakersfield, California, voted to display the motto “In God We Trust” in classrooms and school offices. Supporters say the motto is relevant to civic lessons, citing the link between the foundation of the U.S. government and the belief in God-given rights. Opponents argue the motto has religious connotations and does not have a place in a public school.
As a teacher, how would you feel about a school board governing what hangs on your classroom walls? Specifically, how would you feel about “In God We Trust” hanging in your classroom? Do the words raise First Amendment or cultural-sensitivity issues? How would you frame a discussion with your class about the motto?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Talkback blog.