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Religion in Public Education

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Religion in Public Education Religion in school can be defined as the practice of any personal religious belief or act in a place of education. To say that religion is a big topic of interest to a lot of people in the United States today is a bit of an understatement. The debate over the separation of church and state has been going on without end for years. With many different perspectives on the matter and even more opinions on how it should be handled. 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? Would we be better off without it so that it doesn’t cause controversy? The problem is can we truly answer any of these arguments without the opposite side disagreeing? Many of these questions are rooted from the same controversy that is happening in schools today. 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. N.p., 2010. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New. Cambridge: Printed by John Field ..., 1668. Print. "Salford City Council." Why Is Religious Education (RE) Important? -. N.p., 13 May 2011. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. "Constitutional Topic: The First Amendment." USConstitution.net. 3 Jan. 2011. 27 Feb. 2011 . Haynes, Charles C., and Oliver Thomas. Finding common ground: a guide to religious liberty in public schools. [New & updated ed. Nashville, TN: First Amendment Center, 2007. Print. Stone, Andrea. "Most think founders wanted Christian USA." . USA Today, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-09-11 amendment_N.htm?POE=click-refer>. "Establishment Clause." . First Amendment Center, 16 Sept. 2011. Web. . .
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