Prayer in School

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Rough Draft / Thesis

Even though public schools today are without school prayer, most schools have replaced prayer, with a "Silent moment of reflection." Also, the assumption if there is a God or not is a big question as well. I think prayer should be re-instated into schools, because children should be able to express religion freely. I also feel that lack of discipline; youth pregnancy, dropouts, and violence in schools are other issues that can be more controllable if there were religious classes and school prayer.

Public schools exist to educate not to proselytize. There are many people that believe prayer doesn't belong in the schools, because it violates the separation of church and state. What does the separation of church
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A judge bans the Pledge of Allegiance from school, citing "under God" (by Evelyn Nieves, New York Times, 2002). He stated the phase was a violation of the separation of church and state. But which is known by all the Pledge of Allegiance is a promise of loyalty to the United States, One nation under God has been presented in the Pledge since 1954.
School shooting and violence has taken over most schools in the United States. For example: Since 1982, there have been 28 cases of random school shootings in American high and middle schools. Most of the boys that opened fire were routinely teased and bullied, without having anyone to turn to for guidance, the children turned to violence (Kimmel, Michael S. and Mahler, Matthew American Behavioral Scientist, June 2003).
At a Bronx High School in March, police officers arrested two teachers at the New School of Arts and Science after they got involved in trying to stop a bathroom brawl between six students. In February, the principle and a school guard at the Bronx Guild High School were arrested by police officers after trying to prevent the arrest of a student who refused obey authority (nytimes, Amsterdam news, 8/11/2005). Adolescents and teen sexual activity and unplanned pregnancy are serious among students grades 9-12. Nearly two thirds of the twelfth grade students (males 63.9%, females 65.8%) reporting participation in sexual


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