Argumentative Essay: Religion In Public Schools

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Religion within public schools has been a highly debated topic amongst Americans, no matter the political party. Extra-curricular activities, such as Sunshine Club and See You At the Pole, were made readily available in the schools after Reagan passed the Equal Access Act (EAA). This act allowed the creation of extra-curricular activities that had nothing to do with academics for the students to bond together in. However, this act is under scrutiny as schools are baring entrance to previously accepted activities such as Christian based ones in order to prevent other religions access into the schools. This has created an all or none mentality for many where instead it shouldn’t be a question and to allow all faiths into the school through educating the students and creating cultural competence for the students and teachers alike.
Although forcing schools to allow religions of all kinds back into the school would lead to over stepping boundaries and a push back from people, it would be a better option instead to push for teachers to be placed in the schools who are culturally competent in
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Being an English teach makes it easier as it is possible to include stories from different religions into the classroom that can be discussed and allow the students to critically think about the reading and the religion itself in a safe environment. Although I would not be fully trained, this allows an opportunity still for the students. However, lines must be maintained and remembered in order to avoid people attacking me for promoting particular religions in a class as seen in Virginia when a teacher allowed students to write a religious phrase in Arabic. Although it may have been different if other religions were involved in the classroom equally, this can still be a difficult topic to handle for many parents and students

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