Prayer in School Essay example

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Even though public schools today are without school prayer, most schools have replaced prayer, with a "Silent moment of reflection." Also, the assumption if there is a God or not is a big question as well. I think prayer should be re-instated into schools, because children should be able to express religion freely. I also feel that lack of discipline; youth pregnancy, dropouts, and violence in schools are other issues that can be more controllable if there were religious classes and school prayer.

Public schools exist to educate not to proselytize. There are many people that believe prayer doesn't belong in the schools, because it violates the separation of church and state. What does the separation of church
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Religion is private, and schools are public, so it is appropriate that the two should not mix. To introduce religion in our public schools builds walls between children who may not have been aware of religion differences before (Brochure produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation).
Whether or not to have prayer in schools have been discussed since the early twentieth Century. However, citing separation of church and state (which does not appear) in the First Amendment and applying to the state via the Fourteenth Amendment were successful in getting prayer banned from schools through the judicial system.
During the time I attended elementary and middle school there was not an issue whether to start the day with a prayer, because prayer gave me guidance, it made me humble and constantly reminded me right from wrong (Tevis Carter, personnel opinion). In this day and time American Atheists has voiced a loud opinion on prayer in schools. Atheists are a group of individuals that believe that there is not a God. American Atheists
Believe that authorizing prayer violates the student's rights according to separation of church and state. They also believe it teaches students that there are invisible, supernatural entities which can be implored and appeased through mumbling prayers or reading from holy books.
I believe that by not teaching from holy books and praying teaches atheism or secular humanism, resulting in a decline

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