I've been reading the news stories about Dawn Sherman. She is a fourteen year old girl opposing a "moment of silence" at school.
My position is undecided.
On one hand, I think it is an attempt to get school prayer into the school day.
On the other hand, I wonder if our right to freedom from (and of) religion makes this unconstitutional. Maybe someone who's studied this issue more can enlighten us?
Religious children do have a right to pray in school: do they not? I've seen kids in my children's' classes take advantage of this freedom to the point of interrupting the flow of the day because they need to pray to Jesus to ask that their mom put a Chocodile in their lunch box. So, having thirty seconds of silence or an allotted time to pray/wish/think/whatever might help. BUT, I do see how that seems wrong as well. Why should my kid give up 2.5 minutes a week (x40 weeks per school year is one hundred minutes a year). Wouldn't the ENTIRE CLASS be better served by having that time available for an extra math lesson or art project? I get really annoyed by all of the interruptions that pepper the school day as it is. Ninety seconds here...thirty seconds there...twenty minutes here... these little interruptions are adding up. When I was a kid, I don't recall there being so many "things" cutting into the day. We didn't have computer time taking ninety minutes a week. There was no federal mandate for forty minutes of non-core instruction time for (as in my kids' schooll) dedicated ELL (English Language Learner) education. There weren't colossal book fairs and fund raisers that required assemblies. It didn't take twenty minutes every morning to get everyone to sit down and shut up. Reading was reading and you didn't have to stop to go take an AR test (another thirty minutes a week). I just feel like we should be eliminating interruptions, not creating them. If a kid wants to pray, why can't they just do it? Why do they need the fuss of "dedicated time"? To me, it reeks of a certain population wanting ATTENTION for praying. "Look! We're so holy that we're taking time out of our day to pray in public." Whoop-dee-freakin-do. Knock yourself out. I don't need to know you're doing it. And, if you follow the Bible, you're commanded to keep that stuff on the low-down anyhow. Don't we have bigger issues to address in American education? Like, oh...I dunno'...science curriculum's and programs that create critical thinkers? I still say that if you want prayer in school, then you have the option to home school. But... like I said, I require more education on the matter.
Shall we take a minute, before we start educating each other, to thank our respective authorities?