Religion and Schools Essay

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Many of our state and federal laws are based upon Christian religious rhetoric that remain on the books, if not, always enforced. These laws that shape how our country and schools operate, even define how educators are supposed to behave. Freedom of religion, a mandate of the U.S. Constitution, yet, religion has found its way into our laws and classrooms. A clearly defined part of the Alabama Educator Code of Ethics states the following, “Standard 3: Unlawful Acts: an educator should abide by federal, state, and local laws and statutes.” However, many of the laws that are on the books about moral and ethical behavior were created utilizing religious scripture and designed to foster a Christian way of life. Thomas Jefferson, an advocate of …show more content…
Many of our state and federal laws are based upon Christian religious rhetoric that remain on the books, if not, always enforced. These laws that shape how our country and schools operate, even define how educators are supposed to behave. Freedom of religion, a mandate of the U.S. Constitution, yet, religion has found its way into our laws and classrooms. A clearly defined part of the Alabama Educator Code of Ethics states the following, “Standard 3: Unlawful Acts: an educator should abide by federal, state, and local laws and statutes.” However, many of the laws that are on the books about moral and ethical behavior were created utilizing religious scripture and designed to foster a Christian way of life. Thomas Jefferson, an advocate of this freedom of religion believed that Jesus was a myth and advocated a separation between church and state. Jefferson went so far to say there should be a “wall of separation between church and state.” The debate is still being argued about the importance of religion and/or spirituality being taught in the classrooms. In addition, using teachers as the disciples of religious doctrine and mandating them to follow morally subjective laws.
Is there a difference between spirituality and religion? Is self-awareness through education and evolving intelligence a form of spirituality when it abandons all forms of religious “hocus pocus?” For many the very question is blasphemous. For without religion, you cannot be spiritual. For others the