Prayer in school is one of the most hotly-debated issues involving religion in the America. While public schools should not support one particular religious belief, prayer in school is still a big issue and highly controversial. This pieces also observes banned books, school dress code, and of course, prayer in school. “Religion at School.” Findlaw, education.findlaw.com/student-rights/religion-at-school.html.
Upon asking Should Religion be Taught in Public Education from Kindergarten to 12th Grade, My results showed that 13 people said no, religion should not be forced down children’s throats. 9 people said yes, religion should be taught as part of curriculum. Lastly, 3 people said only as a high school course and taught in an academic approach, disregarding faith. Most did not support religion in school, but its pretty close to even.
This video is explaining that studying religion is not trying to indoctrinate others. Religion could be used to justify violence, as seen in past history. Learning about religion is different from learning about the faith. But we should learn about all religions to create a society away from Islamophobia and create social unity. They also touch in the topic that religion is just far to controversial to discuss in public schools. ReligionForBreakfast. “Should Public Schools Teach Religion?” YouTube, YouTube, 23 Oct. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBx3qaIm1Qc.
The article says that the public schools are not allowed to support a religion but they are, and the government is overlooking it. Like the article says "Teachers may not engage in religious activities with their students" (www.aclu.org). Also, kids are allowed to pray, but not in a disruptive way. Lastly, the article says that "The courts have reached conflicting conclusions under the federal Constitution on student-initiated prayer at graduation" (www.aclu.org) but obviously this is still evident today. “Joint Statement of Current Law on Religion in the Public Schools.” American Civil Liberties Union, www.aclu.org/other/joint-statement-current-law-religion-public-schools.
The response article critizing a piece that is for religion in school. This says that teaching religion will inevitably lead to discrimination against students of other religions. The author states "How in the world would such a course be graded? If a teacher marks a student down, inevitably some religious parent will claim that the teacher did so out of religious animus." (http://go.galegroup.com) This shows that its unfair and unjust under the constitution to teach faith in schools and therefore should be completely taken out. "More Church and State." Tikkun, May-June 2006, p. 3+. General OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A145517091/ITOF?u=j084910011&sid=ITOF&xid=4b093368. Accessed 2 May 2018.
This piece says that religion is a necessary part of a child's education and should be mandatory. " Charles Haynes is one of the main authors of the Williamsburg Charter curriculum... which I severely criticized in this column several years ago as being clogged with irrelevant material, errors, and serious omissions. I concluded that the curriculum was not suitable for use in public schools." (http://go.galegroup.com) This quote may sound opposing to the thesis of the article, but on the contrary, it proves that religious curriculum needs to be heavily revised, rather than eradicated. "I agree with Nord and Haynes that more should be taught about religion, but they go much too far." (http://go.galegroup.com) Also shows that the system is flawed but religion should definitely be relevant part of a student's education. Doerr, Edd. "Teaching About Religion." The Humanist, Nov. 1998, p. 32. General OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A57388736/ITOF?u=j084910011&sid=ITOF&xid=a104946b. Accessed 2 May 2018.