Is there a way for teachers to include religion in the curriculum? If so, is there a way for you to include religion without offending anyone? America has always struggled with what to do about the concept of religion. This struggle can be noted in both politics and education. The debate over rather or not religion should be allowed in schools has been around for many years.
School prayer ‘infringes the Constitutional rights of others” (Yahoo.com). Every student has a right to refuse to participate in prayer, as well as participate in prayer Brock 2 also. But when it is forced on them, they goes against the “Freedom of Religion” clause of the constitution. It would be a violation of the establishment clause if the government was behind one religion (Highlights of Pending Senate-School Prayer Proposal... ... middle of paper ... ...for school is education, and praying to one’s self is just as effective. If everyone would open their eyes to these facts, there wouldn’t be much of a debate anymore.
Discrimination against Sikh-Americans became increasingly worse because they were often accused of being allied with Al Qaeda. People are worried that if we do teach the religion in school, bullying will grow to become an even bigger problem (“Religion in Schools: A”). The United States was founded by individuals looking for religious freedom. Since this was the basis of colonizing America, the leaders believed religion needed to be included in the constitution. James Madison became very involved in the process of deciding what was to be added into the Bill of Rights to protect the different religions.
“They find a state-sponsored Christian prayer to be deeply offensive and an attack on their freedom of religion” (Robinson). That is why students who are of different religions would not participate in the prayer, and would then have to be excused due to their different beliefs. Which is why, due to the amount of religions, having numerous prayers would be more practical, ... ... middle of paper ... ... Should Not Include More Religion in the Curriculum." Opposing Viewpoints: Religion in America. Ed.
There is a great deal of ongoing debate surrounding the issue of religion in public schools. When you consider the rights of all Americans under the Constitution’s First Amendment, it is outrageous for the United States of America to have “freedom of religion”, and then place excessive limitations on students and teachers in public schools. There are a growing number of people opposed to the idea of religion being in school for a variety of reasons, from which the Government’s solution was to impose restrictions on all religions and deny others their rights in the defense of protecting the rights of a few. Teachers and students of all faiths should be able to attend a public school and freely express their beliefs without these limitations being imposed. Currently in the United States of America there is a separation of church and state that exists when it comes to the appearance of religion in public schools.
When should the separation of church and state come into play? The fact that not everyone holds the same religious faith brings up the question of whether religion should be either public or privatized in schools. This essay will explain the history and background of religion in public schools, viewpoints of conservative and liberal elites on religion, and whether the issue of religion in the educational system will grow or decrease in the years to come. Section II. – History and Background of Religion in School There are many public schools around the United States that are guilty of having religious activity in their curriculum at some point in the day, whether it be a morning prayer or even the Pledge of Allegiance as some have argued.
Prayer in the Public School System Over the past thirty years or so the issue of prayer or “religious expression” in the public school system has brought on heated controversy, but the question is still open for debate---Should students be allowed to have prayer or to express their religious ideals openly in the public schools across America? Many people have attempted to come up with an answer to that question, but, so far no compromise has been agreed upon. This is due to the fact that many people hold strong opinions when it comes to religion and education. As with any argument or debate there are basically two sides, but this conflict has three sides: those people who think that are “pro-prayer” and believe that there shouldn’t be a problem with prayer in the school system; those who are against religion and education being mixed and are strong supporters of keeping the church and the education system completely separated; and those who are somewhat unconcerned or in the dark about where the issue stands today. Many of those people who seemed to be unconcerned about this matter have probably chosen to remain silent due to confusion.
Since the beginning many people have challenged the role that religion has played in education. Should schools teach religion? If so, can they do it evenhandedly? Will they misinterpret the religion wrong? How many people would be offended?