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.
There are many harmful effects of allowing or not allowing prayer in public schools. Besides the controversial court cases between the school systems and the ACLU and the effects of the students and faculty, no side can win indefinitely. Religion complicates the educational environment. Children can become distracted by the role religion plays with the teachers, instructors, and administrators. Children and young adults are extremely impressionable.
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.
One of the biggest reasons is due to the argument concerning whether or not religion should be allowed in school. It is believed, by many, that allowing education and religion to coincide is going against the first amendment. This argument is one that dates back to the eighteen hundreds, and has yet to be resolved. It is an American citizen’s right to freely express and learn about religion wherever they please, including the public school system. Many individuals believe that the first amendment prohibits religion to be taught or exercised in a public school setting.
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
Aside from the separation of church and states comes one of the vastly debatable topics of education allowing religion which is prayer in school. While a few believe that prayer in school is constructive to the development of a child and their faith, others may conclude that it could completely denounce the faith of a child. Because this is an ongoing controversy further research on whether religion should or should not be allowed in public education is usually boils down to two major points the First Amendment and is religion good for our children? Could we potentially have a compromise or could the two opposing sides meet somewhere in the middle? The first major reason for those who support religion in our schools look to their own countries Constitution... ... middle of paper ... ... the Establishment Clause.
Ultimately that is the goal, however it isn’t that easy. It will take time, but the earlier in childhood that students start learning about different religions the sooner people will realize what a great impact it will have. There are going to be parents and people that don’t agree with it, but those are the people that are keeping religious intolerance an ongoing problem. However, the first amendment prevents most talk of religion in public schools because of the separation of church and state. Religion should be strictly taught as a role in the history, culture, literary, and social development of the World.
Some people believe that teaching about religion should not be allowed considering it violates the separation of church and state, but that is not true. There are many issues regarding religion in public schools, however exercising your personal religion independently is not one of them. (Leitch, 1) Many believe that public schools are for educating, not proselytizing. Mixing religion and school is not appropriate since schools are public and religion is private. Public schools are open to everyone, whether Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Atheist or Christian.
Homeschooling is an education that gives parents choices and the right to teach their child however they want, but are the parents’ wants what the children need. Parents want to give their children moral instruction or want to teach them based on their religious beliefs and parents do have the right to do that because it is their child, but there are specific things that are essential for a child to learn or to experience. There are religious schools that give children an education on their faith and academically. Homeschooling doesn’t work because states have varying or no regulations on curriculum, some parents just aren’t equipped to teach their children, and homeschooled kids do not experience socialization. Parents don’t have to show how their child is performing academically, some parents only have a high school diploma or less, and homeschooled children are missing an important element of life because they aren’t learning or participating in class discussions or activities in a classroom setting.
Imagine taking religion away is like taking pep rallies away. Schools have pep rallies so students can come together to create unification with each other. Religion does the same and yet, is not allowed. Since school does not teach about religion, it can give students false impressions that religious traditions of people are not significant or important. It is a necessary subject to give student’s complete educations so they have an understanding of the effects it has on the world and our... ... middle of paper ... ...