Conflict between freedom of religion and science in the classroom isn’t new. Neither is disagreement over what should be taught in schools.
John Scopes, a local teacher, volunteered to be put on trial for teaching Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution, which had been outlawed in the state-funded schools of Tennessee. It was an epic landmark legal battle, full of heated – but respectful – debates and personal drama.
It was one of the first attempts to settle the question of what should be taught in public schools. More would follow.
Where does one person’s religious freedom and freedom of speech end and another’s begin?
Whose (and which) First Amendment rights take precedence?
Scopes - Curriculum on Trial covers numerous educational standards across several subject areas including Science, Government, U.S. History, Civics, and Language Arts for grades 7-12+. To find which standards it covers specific to your grade, subject area, and which standards your district follows, use our Standards Alignment tool.