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Why Religion Should Not Be Allowed in Public Schools

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Religion should be prohibited in public schools. There’s no reason for allowing religious displays to destruct the public education system. The involvement of religion in public schools is distracting and unnecessary. The removal of religion, except for educational purposes, is essential to providing a stable and effective learning environment for every student. Without religion, students could be provided with a better chance of succeeding in the classroom.
Only the school board officials and members of congress can take religion completely out of the public school systems. While the ACLU has tried its best to insure that public schools have religion free environments, their actions aren't enough. It’s up to the members of congress to step up and pass laws prohibiting needless displays of religion in public schools.
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. 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. They are just beginning to form their own beliefs and morals. Arthur Schopenhauer once said, "the capacity for believing is strongest in childhood, special care is taken to make s...

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