Traditionally favored by private schools, uniforms are being adopted by US public schools in increasing numbers. Almost one in five US public schools required students to wear uniforms during the 2011-2012 school year, up from one in eight in 2003-2004. Mandatory uniform policies in public schools are found mostly in poverty areas, People say that school uniforms make schools safer for students, create a "level playing field" that reduces disparities, and encourage children to focus on their studies rather than their clothes. Others say school uniforms infringe upon students ' right to express them selves, have no positive effect on behavior and academic achievement, and emphasize disparities they are supposed to disguise. So what are the
Gisselle Zepeda Mr. Lievre American Government Credit 5 Board of Education of Westside Community Schools Versus Mergens The Equal Access Act upheld by the Supreme Court in Board of Education v. Mergens, 1990, requires public secondary schools to allow access to religiously based student groups on the same basis as other student clubs. The school administration denied a group of students their right to create a Christian after school club. The students intended for their club to have just the same privileges and club meetings as all other after school clubs. The schools excuse being that it lacked faculty support which led to the school and district being sued by the students. “The students alleged that Westside 's refusal violated the Equal Access Act, which requires that schools in receipt of federal funds provide "equal access" to student groups seeking to express "religious, political, philosophical, or other content" messages” (Board of Education of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens by and Through Mergens).
In 1859, Charles Darwin published, Origin of Species. This idea of evolution was a revolutionary advancement in history. Evolution was a concept that was taught for many years in the Tennessee schools for many years prior to the trial. In 1925, the teaching of evolution was banned in the state of Tennessee. The film, “Monkey Trial” is about how the concepts of religion and science can conflict in developing America.
There needs to be a knowledge of right and wrong and the consequences that goes with their decisions. This seems to be very lacking in our society today. The public school system is sadly disintegrating by the rise in school shootings, increasing drug use, alcoholism, and teen pregnancy. School prayer could help fight these issues. Allowing students to pray in a public school causes many mixed emotions from a variety of people.
He said students in gangs have adapted to the new dress code, blending in with the schools’ students populations. A third argument for uniforms and dress code is that they can help curb school violence associated with gang-identified clothing. President Clinton has often spoken about this. In his 1996 State of the Union Address, Clinton advocated uniforms to “make public schools more orderly centers of learning and safer sanctuaries for children.” A number of schools took his advice and implemented dress codes to stem gang recruitment and criminal activities. If certain colors and styles distinguish one gang from another, they reasoned, banning that clothing could stymie gang activities on school grounds.
But, the Americans people should have a say in what children are exposed to. In order to allow school boards to ban books from schools, the Supreme Court must first undergo judicial review of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the American people must vote on whether they will allow book banning in public schools. Only 46% percent of people today in America are in favor of banning “books with dangerous ideas” from public school libraries (Source C). This number has been continuously decreasing since 1999. No longer do a majority of Americans support this.
Even at public schools now they don't allow you to freely speak about your religion. This is your time to get a better relationship with him and your time to testify with the Lord. This is the time to really encourage your friends and classmates to pay attention and listen in on what is happening in chapel and bible class. Before I was in eighth grade i always used to mess around and laugh with my friends, but i soon realized how important it is. This will set you off on either a righteous path or a non righteous path that will determine how your life will be
John Freshwater, a former science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School in Ohio, was fired for keeping a Bible on his desk and espousing Christian beliefs in class when discussing topics such as evolution and homosexuality (Associated Press). Freedom of religion has become cloudy in today’s workplaces; people are being fired for simply standing up for what they believe. Christian public school teachers struggle with the question of whether there are ways to be an effective witness at school to both their students and co-workers, and, if so, how. I would argue that Christian public school teachers can and should be witnesses in their classrooms through their actions, setting a good example, and by the power of prayer; while also observing and respecting the laws regarding religion in the workplace.
Sex Education in Schools Comprehensive sex education courses are a controversial topic facing the educational system all around the world. Typically this course is taught in public schools starting as early as upper elementary to begin addressing sexually related topics such as puberty in both male and females, sexual health as well as sexuality. However, some educators, parents, and students argue this course should not be taught in schools at all! Which in result, is why sex education has ultimately gone nowhere as education has advanced. Factors such as religious principles, sex being viewed as an inappropriate topic as well as taboo, and sex being a topic that cannot be escaped hold the course back from becoming more, and fully providing the necessary information to understand this natural process.
The first amendment of the constitution states “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. This establishment clause was made to create a wall of separation between church and state. The cartoon “God’s Oath” created by artist Jeff Parker is showing how there is religion involved in the government. The artist does so by showing a realistic setting with added emphasized text, expression, and with the use of irony. Many argue that the United States was founded on christian principles but, in the recent years there have been more instances where people challenge religion being used in the government.
In Washington D.C. on July 25, 1962, the Supreme Court ruled in Engel v. Vitale’s case that prayer in class violates the First Amendment of establishing religion in a government facility. A year later, the Supreme Court ruled in the Abington School District v. Schempp to prohibit the Bible in any public school for similar reasons. Decade’s later; school districts have been fighting religion in their schools creating a conflict with religious families and school boards. In 2007, Time Magazine head of religion, David Van Biema, wrote an article on “The Case for Teaching the Bible” in public schools. In the article, David believes that the Bible should be taught in public schools because it’s the foundation of the western culture, alluded to in literature, and it has been an influence on the modern and classical arts of today’s society.