U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Education: Minersville School District v. Board of Education


This particular court case is also an  example of the struggle between the state boards of education introducing the mandatory saluting of the U.S. flags and people who did not want to obey these mandates because of the religious reasons. The nationalism and its symbols were being contested for precisely the same reasons for which they were by some Islamic parties of that time in India.

For more information on any of these decisions, the reader can visit the link to the archive given at the bottom of the quote.

1. A state regulation requiring that pupils in the public schools, on pain of expulsion, participate in a daily ceremony of saluting the national flag whilst reciting in unison a pledge of allegiance to it “and to the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” — held within the scope of legislative power, and consistent with the Fourteenth Amendment, as applied to children brought up in, and entertaining, a conscientious religious belief that such obeisance to the flag is forbidden by the Bible and that the Bible, as the Word of God, is the supreme authority. P. 591.

2. Religious convictions do not relieve the individual from obedience to an otherwise valid general law not aimed at the promotion or restriction of religious beliefs. P. 594.

via Minersville School District v. Board of Education.

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About Irfan

I am an independent researcher and blogger interested in everything under the sun, but more so in the philosophy and history of education and education reform generally, and specifically in the so-called post colonial contexts

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