The absence of religion in public schools seems to be fine with the public since many parents do not want their children to make religious choices that differ from their family tradition (Passe and Willox). Does this controversy makes it difficult for teachers to teach the required material in schools since religion can be involved in historic events? Proponents of bringing religion back into the public school curriculum state that religion is needed in order for students to understand the Social Studies curriculum and current world events. Religion played a major role in the Crusades, the formation of Pakistan and India, and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute just to name a few. One reason for why religion needs to be involved in the teaching of the Crusades is because it focused solely on religion.
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Prayer had a great impact on school students but many parents had divided opinions on what their religion was. The disadvantages to prayer in public schools were: parents felt that their freedom to make decisions for their children was being prohibited, parents had different religious beliefs and didn’t want their children to have separate beliefs, and last parents felt as though biblical religion was being forced on their children. Parents often felt that if they were living in America then they were free to make their own decisions concerning religion. Many Americans had different religious beliefs and didn’t want their children being taught differently from what was being taught at home. As the feuds became greater, laws were produced which restricted prayer in schools.
Prayer in Public Schools An issue that has been constantly debated for years is whether voluntary prayer in public schools should be permitted. A student should be allowed to pray voluntarily at the beginning of each school day based on many reasons. Prayer based on moral beliefs reinforce good citizenship as defined by our forefathers. A daily reminder of a need for the belief of good over evil is a necessary part of this society. Daily voluntary school prayer should be re-instated in public schools due to three reasons, the historical basis of the beginning of the United States government, the serious moral decline since prayer has been outlawed, and the government infringement on the constitutional guarantee of individual freedom of personal beliefs.