Prayer In Schools Essay

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Prayer in Public Schools

Prayer in Public Schools

Religion appears on many American symbols, from the Star Spangled Banner, to the Pledge of Allegiance, to our currency with the slogan “In God We Trust,” to our government’s tradition of using the Bible for swearing in public officials. Some may even believe that this country was built on a religious, Christian specifically, background. Religion is part of the foundation of America making prayer in public schools the controversial issue it is today. Religion has always been in our school curriculum whether in History or in many readers. There is no possible way to simply teach a world’s history without the involvement of religion. Religion has been the source of war, hope, and in some countries
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All of these people believe prayer in school would violate the First Amendment of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Those advocating for prayer or a moment of silence in public schools are conservative lawmakers, religious figures and groups, and some parents and students of various …show more content…
In an article, The Unconstitutionality of State Statutes Authorizing Moments of Silence in the Public Schools, explains how a moment of silence was intended to be a religious exercise, because it was only endorsed when school prayer was taken out of the schools, and at the same time first thing in the morning just like announced school prayer was announced first thing in the morning. (THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF STATE STATUTES AUTHORIZING MOMENTS OF SILENCE IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 1983). Many were fearful that some children would feel forced to pray due to peer pressure of other students (Ott, 2005). Even some teachers were worried that it would lead to bullying or contention in class. Among many elementary students there is some uncertainty of what the moment is for; some using this moment to daydream. Even some teachers and students would say they use this moment to reflect upon or prepare for the day (Irwin, 2000). This moment of contemplation, which is remarkably helpful within the classroom setting, additionally achieves positive outcomes for the students’ lives on the whole. Not only is it a “good class management technique,” as history teacher Warren Southerland testified (Hancock and Wingert, 1994), but it causes the students to focus, by eliminating distractions and helps the student improve concentration for better outcome of

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