Ms. Bettina McCall
Dr. Marina Kamenetskiy
ENC1102-Writing About Texts-02848
March 19, 2019
Prayer in Public School in America
Living in America is commonly referred to as land of milk and honor as living the American Dream. America is looked at as the land of great opportunity and a place where dreams can become a reality. With American students attending free primary and secondary schools for their fist 12 years of school, our children are nurtured and taught basic foundational values, There were two landmark decisions – Engel v. Vitale on June 25, 1962, and Abington School District v. Schempp on June 17, 1963 – the Supreme Court declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings unconstitutional. Jun 16, 2013
Some things have taken place since the US Supreme Justice Courts outlawed the practice of school prayer in 1962, various groups have attempted to support or reverse this decision. For much of our American History, public schools openly used Christian prayer or the Bible as a part of the daily curriculm. For many students having prayer and other Christian values taught in the classroom is the only time they were given any sense of moral standards. Never mind the impact that prayer has on the overall climate of our nation as well as our schools.
My purpose of my research is to provide information showing the diffenernces that has taken place in America’s school after removing the foundational moral fiber being Christianity, the 10 Commandments and devotional prayer out of the publiv school. School violence, immorality between teachers and students was not as open and direct when there was a moral compass on campus. So much has extended from that seemingly simple thing to a whole new different environment that we have today. There are some major differences that have taken place in America through the radical decline in each of the four areas which the children’s lives that prayer touches have been affected: formative years, family, education, national life. My concern is can we now really rely upon our public schools to help set a moral standard as well or what was in place before prayer was removed from schools? What we ought to be doing for our children to ensure their safety in the classroom as well as strengthen the moral fiber? There have been some really educationally enhanced changes and many have not been so great to say the least. The erosion of our basic values and morals within the educations system has cause a slow devaluing of our nation on a whole. The free-exercise clause of the First Amendment states that the government “shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise of religion.” Although the text sounds absolute, “no law” does not always mean “no law.” The Supreme Court has had to place some limits on the freedom to practice religion. Purpose ( 191words)
After all, where are most the moral and values taught? In order to make a change the facts would need to be...