Prayer in Public Schools

Better Essays
Is public prayer in schools necessary? Would established prayer change the behavior of the students more than just the moment of silence? Would it lower the teen pregnancy, HIV, and violence rates; or would it increase the already trying barriers between children today? Is it constitutional? Wound it cause more problems than it would fix (“Pros and Cons of Prayer in School”)?
The bill about prayer in public schools, (H. 3526), would require teachers to lead a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day, during which he/she would be allowed to deliver a prayer. Students who didn’t want to participate would be allowed to leave the classroom (Prayer in Public Schools Pushed by Southern Democrats).
Different people believe and interpret things differently. Some people believe that the First Amendment’s “freedom of religion” gives way for public prayer in schools; while others believe the polar opposite. This subject is very controversial. Religion, location, and party affiliation are some dynamic factors in determining how a person forms their stance on public prayer in schools.
Rhonda Reedy, an independent party member from Ohio, disagrees with prayer in public schools. She attended church growing up and still does today. She is a Christian, yet disagrees with this type of prayer. Like many other people, she feels that asking the children that don’t want to pray to leave is isolating them. She feels that this could prove detrimental to the child over time (Reedy).
Marc Goodson is a forty four year old school teacher in Virginia, and a sponsor of the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). The FCA is a club that meets in the morning before school in which the students pray with each other and study the bible together. Th...

... middle of paper ...

...silence is sufficient, general, and appropriate. Prayer is private and school is public. Although it may help some school systems, the overall effect would be negative.

Works Cited

"First Amendment." Cornell University Law School. Cornell University Law School, 23 Feb 2014. Web. 23 Feb 2014. .
"Pros and Cons of Prayer in School." All About History. All About History, 22 Feb 2014. Web. 22 Feb 2014. .
Beasley, Sandra. Personal Interview. 22. Feb. 2014.
Goodson, Marc. Personal Interview. 23. Feb. 2014.
Levitt, Ryan. Personal Interview. 22. Feb. 2014.
Prayer in Public Schools Pushed by Southern Democrats. 6. Jan. 2014. YouTube. Web. 21. Feb. 2014.
Reedy, Debbie. Personal Interview. 23. Feb. 2014.
Reedy, Rhonda. Personal Interview. 21. Feb. 2014.
Get Access