Praying made Public
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that your child could pray with others during school? Well that utopia is unlikely to happen due to the landmark cases in the early 1960s Engel v. Vitale 1962 and Murray v. Curlett, 1963 removing prayer from American public schools (Dierenfield). Many have asked if there is any advantage of religious classes in school. Incorporating religious classes into public school is giving kids a head start that could regain our global expectations.
So how can we get religion into the class room again, you may ask? In public schools, students are not allowed to hold “group” prayers during the day because of the broad religions present in our country and laws that divide church from the state. In the last twenty years many would argue that the lack of knowledge about religions has caused our country war, death, and debt. Less than 2% of the citizens in our nation are actually “natives” (What Percentage), so what gives us the right to say no to others who bring a different religion to the “melting pot”?
Our nation is based on, “In God We Trust”. Yet we are not allowed to express ourselves to Him during our studies. Religion should be integrated into public schools, allowing kids to further their faith while learning. It will teach students tolerance of those that are different from themselves, not only differences in race but in religion. What some see as religious rules that should be kept private, are actually good moral values. The more exposure young children are given to positive principles, the better character traits they will develop and maintain for life.
The return of prayer to public schools should be different this time. Originally Christianity was the only focus. Now, the focus should be worldly and go beyond prayer. It should be a course, where students are exposed to different religions and the concept that there is a higher power that is worshipped in diverse ways by different religions....