Prayer in schools

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Prayer in schools

  1. 1. By: Laura Garza<br />CI 583<br />10/13/2010<br />Prayer in Schools<br />
  2. 2. “One nation under God”<br />
  3. 3. The Problem<br />Many people honestly believe that prayer is not allowed in public schools. This is wrong. Unfortunately, this mistaken notion sometimes extends to teachers, principals and school boards.<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIRVJE_wZ18<br />
  4. 4. Students opportunity to pray:<br />“Prayer is allowed and in fact is a protected form of free speech throughout the public school system.”<br />Students may pray silently during a moment of silence<br />“Students can pray in school busses, at the flag-pole, in student religious clubs, in the hallways, cafeteria, etc.”<br />
  5. 5. Conflict over school prayer<br />Some believe that to start the school day with a prayer will create an aura of solemnity and order among the students. <br />Others believe that prayer has magical powers. <br />Others feel that if the students are forced to recite a Christian prayer each day, they will come to realize that they live in a Christian country where the government and its institutions support Christianity.<br />
  6. 6. Court Rulings, Laws and Events<br />1948- McCollum vs. Board of Education<br />1954- Tudor vs. Board of Education<br />1960 Madalyn Murray O’Hair vs. Baltimore ISD<br />1962- Engel vs. Vitale<br />1963 - Abington Township School vs. Schempp; Murray vs. Curlett<br />2001- Public School rentals <br />
  7. 7. Religious Rights<br />The Law Prohibits<br />
  8. 8. The Constitution allows…<br />
  9. 9. ….<br />Benediction and prayers at graduation ceremonies<br />Teaching religion<br />Student religious clubs<br />Moment of silence<br />
  10. 10. and…<br />Prayer outside of school building<br />School religious speech <br />Teacher display of religion<br />http://www.examiner.com/news-in-san-diego/judge-allows-teacher-s-classroom-display-involving-religion<br />
  11. 11. Research Purpose<br />The goal of this research it to understand what the place of prayer is in public schools.<br />
  12. 12. Significant Factors to Consider about School Prayer<br />Prayer is not forbidden in public schools.<br />There is a small minority of parents who follow other than Christian religion and find praying deeply offensive.<br />Praying is a choice, not a requirement.<br />
  13. 13. References:<br />Prayer in Schools. Retrieved from http://www.allaboutpopularissues.org/prayer-in-school.htm<br />Robinson B.A. (2003). Religion in Public Schools. Retrieved from http://www.religioustolerance.org/ps_pra9.htm<br />Robinson B.A. (2007). The Federal Equal Access Act. Retrieved from http://www.religioustoleran.org<br />

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