Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)

In this First Amendment case concerning freedom of religion, the Court ruled that Amish adolescents could be exempt from a state law requiring school attendance for all 14- to 16-year-olds, since their religion required living apart from the world and worldly influence. The state’s interest in making sure students attend two more years of school was not enough to outweigh the individual right to free exercise of religion.

The case touched on constitutional principles including individual rights, and civic values including respect.