Since the early 20th Century, prayer in school has been a huge argument, and is still one of the most heated arguments in today’s society. The debate came about in 1948, when the Supreme Court handed down its first decision on the issue of religion in public schools, ruling in McCollum v Board of Education that it is unconstitutional to conduct religious education within public school buildings (Cohen par. 5). Many people stated that principals did not want the non-Christian students to feel uncomfortable, but did they ever think that not praying in schools could make the Christians students uncomfortable? Not letting students pray in school violates the 1st Amendment.
A recent study said more than two thirds of americans agree with the notion that “liberals have gone too far in trying to keep religion out of the schools and the government” (Rosentiel). Religion is a belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power. Having religion in schools is a big controversy because religious people want prayer in school and non religious people do not want prayer in schools. Religion is a big topic to talk about but especially in schools. The controversial idea of praying in schools is detrimental to the school environment because it could cause arguments, it would have to be inclusive to all religions, and it would not consider the interests of non-religious students.
Would the school practice one religion as a whole, or would it be up to the teachers? There are over 4,000 religions around the world, if the school practiced one religion to as a whole how could they choose one religion where nobody is being offended? They cannot, which is why religion in school is not a good option. Religion is a very touchy subject and it can be very offensive if a school chose one religion just because it is a commonly practiced one. What would be the outcome of someone not praying because they do not have the same beliefs or they do not believe in religion at all?
That is against their rights. Other people argue that praying in such a diverse area will sway students believes or cause them to feel alienated. However, many students are raised to be strong in their faith. In addition, it doesn’t hurt to become educated in other religions as well. It is helpful to know a little about each religion.
Many of us consider religion universal and, this means, a significant institution of societies. It is the foundation on which the normative structure of society stands. Functions of religions have not changed for hundreds of centuries, despite the fact that now the majority of states are considered secular and formally religion has no influence on the life of civil society. It still manages and leads us. Religion encouraged
It emphasizes that beliefs and practices are not sacred unless people make them such. Once as sacred, people take special significance and give meaning to their lives. Religious rituals and ceremonies illustrate symbolic interactionist. They make it deeply intense that it would involve emotions of it, up to psychological states. It could even be an transformative experience for one as well.
Prayer should be allowed in school because some people who want to go to a religious school cannot because of the cost and some areas do not have religious schools around, people who believe in God or just want to pray have a right to freely pray due to the first amendment which says congress cannot make laws against religious practices, and it is said that prayer is controversial, although some teachings taught in school are extremely controversial, so it would not be fair to rule out prayer because not everyone believes in it. Some people don’t believe in polytheistic teachings, yet it is mentioned in social studies books all around. As you can see, prayer in school would not only benefit individuals but groups of people. Prayer in school helps, and does not hurt. In addition to this if any institution doesn’t allow an individual to pray in the U.S.A, it is unconstitutional and infringes on the right of the
No matter where you are in the United States religion in schools will always be an issue. Once school districts allow religion to be in schools there will ne following arguments that will occur. A major problem being that you can not just allow one religion. Christianity can not be the only religion you allow. Different religions practice there religions differently.
Something I find interesting is that the topic of prayer in school can be “unfair”. Everyone can be so against and “offended” about prayer in school, but the second a shooter comes in and their life is on the line everyone is crying out and praying to God. School and prisons, are both government institutions- right? Then why is it in schools the government has prohibited the reading of the Bible and formal prayer, but in prisons the Bible and prayer are encouraged? If adolescents were encouraged to pray in schools and have a Biblical foundation then many of them wouldn't end up in prison in the first
The Expression of Religion in Public Schools Today Students and teachers have tip toed over the subject of religion in public schools for many years now. Many students don’t understand why they feel as if they cannot fully express their religious values in public schools, when in fact freedom of religion is a civil right to all citizens. In addition, some students who attend public schools want to get the chance to learn about religious ideals, history, and concepts. The expression of religion in public schools has changed over the years from being specifically used to teach religion to not allowing teachers to speak and making students uncomfortable about their own religious beliefs, a change that is not best for the students. History Behind