Banning Prayer in Public Schools The courts have ruled against prayer in school. Many agree with decision; yet many disagree including myself. Prayer should be allowed in public school because it is already practiced, it prevents immoral acts, and it enhances the learning environment. The issue of prayer in school has been debated in the U.S. since the North West Treaty (1787and 1789) which states: " Religion, morality, and the knowledge being necessary for good government and the happiness of man kind, schools and the means of learning shall forever be engorged." Thus, religion, which includes prayer, was deemed to be necessary.
Many readers don’t realize the privileges we receive because we are part of an organized religion, however, nonorganized religion 's members can see the difference. That’s why the “Humanist Studies [feel] that the state government should do more to educate the public about existing protections for and limitations of the free exercise of religion”("Religious Freedom” 1). Americans may have total freedom, but certain situations may limit our freedom. Some places need to be limited in order for children to go to school without the parents fear of religious bullying or conversion to another religion. Students who want to embrace their religion in school can do that by meeting others with same religion or even creating a club for all students of the same religion who then can meet up and discuss various
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.
Some people disagree about prayer in schools by saying, ’that prayer has no place in the classroom where impressionable students a continually subject to influence by the majority. The latter kind claim holds that, to the extent that a public school itself promotes the majority religion, the state is guilty of coercive interference in the lives of the individual. Some parts of U.S have introduced yoga, a Hindu religions practice to the public schools, saying that it helps children relax and concentrate. But the government says it violates the separation of church and state. The summary of my essay is that the government actions affected the prayer in public schools in the United States by banning it in the schools.
This invasive practice would create unnecessary divisions among children by making them unduly aware of their religious differences. Public schools are for everyone, whether they are Buddhist, Catholic, Muslim, or Taoist. The practice of organized prayer in schools invades the student's right to an education free of the discrimination which organized prayer would encourage. Many people mistake the religious indifference of public schools for hostility. Public schools must to be very careful to neither discriminate for nor against any single religion, and people often incorrectly perceive the schools' attitudes toward religion.
However, American citizens have been debating for many years, whether organized prayer should be an option or obligation in public schools. Some people believe that organized prayer or religious classes would be a benefit to young people and should be allowed in American public schools. Others: however, see this as an affront to the First Amendment and believe that religion does not belong in the classroom, and should never be permitted under any circumstances. Supporters of organized prayer believe the school day should not just revolve around training the student’s mind academically, but also spiritually. “Far more than the mere teaching of facts, true education concerns itself with establishing beliefs and values” (Salter 176).
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.
Some people are opposed to banning of religion in schools. Some feel that banning religion infringes upon the school faculty’s first amendment rights. Others feel that is morally wrong to take out religion. Most of these people don’t see the negative roles religion can play in the classroom. There are many harmful effects of allowing or not allowing prayer in public schools.
The establishment clause is the main cause of this roadblock. The American public seems to think that the establishment clause, or religious freedom, means that personal beliefs can be instituted any place at any time. They feel that the courts interpretation of the clause not only takes God out of the lives of the students, but that the removal of religion also removes basic ethics and the teaching of morals (Gay, 65). This removal of ethics seems to have possibly caused the lack of respect for teachers and education as a whole. The courts say that this right's purpose is to create a wall that will separate the church from the state and that it will not and can not fall.
When our Founding Fathers came to the States over from England, one of main issues was that over in England, religion was forced upon the people and individual choices as to what to believe weren’t an option. When our countries Founding Fathers wrote the constitution, they were very careful about granting the freedom of separation of church and state. Many Americans feel that having prayer in school would indeed violate that part of our constitution. Many people argue that public schools are meant for educational purposes only, not for proselytizing. Schools are a part of the public where as religion is something personal and... ... middle of paper ... ...aintain and teach values and morals.