What is a school? Today, we think of school as an institution or even as a building. But school comes from the Greek skhole, “leisure”—i.e., clear your schedule of mundane tasks and make time to contemplate what matters. It only makes sense, then, that parents who send their children to school, and the teachers who teach them, should have some idea of what matters, and of how to impart that to students.
For some time in this country, we have lived with a distinction between two kinds of schools: public and private. For many, the difference amounts to public versus parochial, or secular versus Christian. If you don’t want your child to be exposed to Darwin’s theory of evolution or Heather Has Two Mommies, you are free to enroll your child in the Christian school of your choice—provided that you continue to finance Heather through your tax dollars.
Edward Gay, attorney at law, is challenging that distinction. He insists that, according to the federal courts, every school in America is secular. “The teachers are serving a secular purpose,” he says.
Mr. Gay recently appeared on NBC’s Today show, seated next to his client, Jarretta Hamilton, as she held her eight-month-old daughter, Sarah, for their interview. [Arithmetic alert!] Also present was her...