Department of Educational Psychology


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July 1994


Published in Journal of Church and State 36:3 (Summer 1994), pp. 624–625; in “Book Reviews.” Copyright © 1994 J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University. Used by permission.


Many church-state controversies of the 1980s and 1990s have involved objections by conservative Christians to public school textbooks and curricula. One of the major legal cases in this area is Mozert v. Hawkins County Board of Education (1987), in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided that public schools need not accommodate parents who have religious objections to aspects of the curriculum. In Battleground, Stephen Bates presents a thorough and balanced account of the events leading up to Mozert and argues convincingly that the case was widely misunderstood and wrongly decided.