Prayer in Schools Essay

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Prayer in Public School

There are many different philosophies regarding prayer in public school. It seems to be a difficult issue to decide upon. The opinions are wide-ranging and convoluted. This paper will attempt to highlight the many ideas and opinions as to whether prayers in public school should be allowed and to what extent. It will further show how our founders' idea of a separate church and state has been taken out of context and why prayer in school should be allowed, but not required.

The first opinion to evaluate is that there should be absolutely no prayer of any kind in public schools. Bob Croddy has been teaching for almost 30 years and he wrote an article for the NEA Today opposing any type of prayer in school,
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Pollitt goes on to say that prayer in school does nothing to lower crime rates or teen pregnancy rates, much less raise SAT scores. She concludes that," Nothing reveals the bankruptcy of the new conservatism more than it is promotion of school prayer. The message to youth is clear. We have nothing for you here, start thinking about the hereafter" (Pollitt 788).

In the same NEA Today that Bob Croddy wrote an article for, Connie Comeaux debated the merits of a moment of silence. She has been teaching for nine years and is president of the Monroe City Association of Educators in Monroe, Louisiana. She feels that if tragedy strikes a school and an announcement goes out over the public address system for a moment of silence it should not be against the law. She says that a moment of silence is not promoting religion. Ms. Comeaux says that a moment of silence is not relative to any one religion and can be very beneficial to students to clear their minds of clutter before the day begins (Comeaux 45). She also states that she does not believe in state mandated prayer, and she does not want any government dictating how and to whom her children should be praying (Comeaux 45).

These two feelings on the rights and reasons behind prayer or moments of silence in school are very straightforward and clear. As we get
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