Akane Koizumi
Dec 14 · Last update 3 mo. ago.

Does religion have a place in public schools?

In America, the Supreme Court has issued that public schools don’t have a right to lead children in prayer in a number of consistent rulings on religion in schools. But some Americans believe in their right to free exercise of religion. However, Federal courts say states cannot openly support a certain religion even if the majority of the public school’s students follow one religion. The problem surrounds whether a school should / shouldn’t change their customs that they may have followed for a long time in order to respect federal law. References / pewforum.org/2019/10/03/religion-in-the-public-schools-2019-update pewforum.org/2019/10/03/for-a-lot-of-american-teens-religion-is-a-regular-part-of-the-public-school-day
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Absolutely not, “belief is not education"
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“Morality and ethics should be taught over faith”
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”Schools should respect the rights of students.”
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”Schools should be allowed to keep their customs.”
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Absolutely not, “belief is not education"

These teachings should remain confined to familial practice, places of worship, or religious groups, and should not masquerade as "education". Religion has no place in schools let alone state schools and religious schools should be banned, they offer a bastardisation of what should be considered education. In addition there are moral reasons for keeping religion out of public schools, schools should be a neutral place of learning not showing preference to one belief system while assuming that all taxpayers will be happy to fund that religious school.

Students arguably face more exams and more pressure than ever before, if you waste their precious time teaching them folklore the school is in effect stealing their education from them. As real world pressures we harder schools should be focussing on subjects with real-world application. Religion in education should be restricted to a more academic setting, to older students as part of a comparative course on religion and philosophy; teaching religion to younger students who lack critical thinking skills constitutes brainwashing. Morality and ethics could be taught from a neutral standpoint in all public schools, any religious elements that could be coupled with them are completely unnecessary.

Both private and public schools need to give the opportunity to seek all types of knowledge to their students while presenting all topics with neutrality and encouraging students to question ideas. Teaching through the scope of a religious viewpoint only restricts children's education and only serves as indoctrination.

religionandpolitics.org/2014/01/07/the-dangers-of-religious-instruction-in-public-schools theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/apr/12/nsw-rejects-some-religious-education-review-findings-but-will-scrutinise-material salon.com/2014/11/17/6_reasons_why_religion_does_more_harm_than_good_partner huffpost.com/entry/fox-news-explains-the-dan_b_8139546 theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/04/religious-studies-ditched-subject-schools

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Students arguably face more exams and more pressure than ever before, if you waste their precious time teaching them folklore the school is in effect stealing their education from them. As real world pressures we harder schools should be focussing on subjects with real-world application. Religion in education should be restricted to a more academic setting, to older students as part of a comparative course on religion and philosophy; teaching religion to younger students who lack critical thinking skills constitutes brainwashing. Morality and ethics could be taught from a neutral standpoint in all public schools, any religious elements that could be coupled with them are completely unnecessary.

“Morality and ethics should be taught over faith”

Religion should be well within the realm of the family, not intertwined with state education, church and state should be thoroughly separate, and that especially needs to include education. Preaching religious practices to students forgoes this impartiality and in state sponsored schools this raises many ethical questions surrounding state funding towards what is essentially a religious institution. Many countries have legally separated church and state and taxpayer funded schools fall under the umbrella of state in this way.

English political philosopher John Locke is credited with the concept of separating church and state, and the idea has been a foundation on which many states have developed themselves as secular states. For example the 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State, and the Preamble of the Constitution of India both establish these countries as modern secular states. While in the US while there is no direct mention of the separation of church and state in the Constitution the idea was clearly in the mind of founding father Thomas Jefferson, it is clear from his writings that Jefferson advocated "building a wall of separation between Church & State” [1]. Schools in secular countries should uphold the law and ethos of their country, and in secular countries only private schools should cater for parents that want a strictly religious education for their child.

Public schools are funded by the public so should have the public in mind, if religion is allowed in public schools it is showing a preference to one religion and is seemingly unfair to minority religions that may not receive government funding in this way. Instead all religions of a society should be studied and presented equally.

References / eastonialeopards.com/2342/opinion/religious-conversations-do-not-belong-in-schools oll.libertyfund.org/quotes/498 individualistideas.com/political-philosophy-of-john-locke clearias.com/preamble-of-indian-constitution web.archive.org/web/20160413110005/http://www.historytoday.com/gemma-betros/french-revolution-and-catholic-church [1] allabouthistory.org/separation-of-church-and-state-in-the-constitution-faq.htm

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English political philosopher John Locke is credited with the concept of separating church and state, and the idea has been a foundation on which many states have developed themselves as secular states. For example the 1905 French law on the Separation of the Churches and State, and the Preamble of the Constitution of India both establish these countries as modern secular states. While in the US while there is no direct mention of the separation of church and state in the Constitution the idea was clearly in the mind of founding father Thomas Jefferson, it is clear from his writings that Jefferson advocated "building a wall of separation between Church & State” [1]. Schools in secular countries should uphold the law and ethos of their country, and in secular countries only private schools should cater for parents that want a strictly religious education for their child.

”Schools should respect the rights of students.”

Historically, the United States has respected each religion. That means public schools can’t support one religion, because public schools have supports from citizens. So schools must consider each student’s background and not insist on one religion in their students. And public schools should be open to each idea. The schools should be places to discuss and accept different values.

There are many types of people and religions in the U.S. Even in Christianity, you can find several sects. In First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof… So following it, schools and teachers can’t make a situation to force students to pray for God and lead to make students believe God.

Some people sued over the fact they can’t get the right for their ideas. One example is Kaylee Cole in Louisiana. she felt she didn’t need to follow the custom of religion at school like praying in the morning with other students. She respects her beliefs. Her science teacher says students shouldn’t believe “evolution”, but "Adam and Eve, not the big bang." She felt the education is secular for her education.

For the facts, some people believe the school should be open to everyone and ideas, regardless of their religions.

References / americancenterjapan.com/aboutusa/translations/2650 knoxpages.com/news/east-knox-faces-criticism-for-coach-led-prayer/article_253fa46e-15f0-11ea-8d56-673fc1a6511f.html edition.cnn.com/2018/01/23/us/louisiana-school-prayer-lawsuit/index.html usconstitution.net/consttop_reli.html#original

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References / https://americancenterjapan.com/aboutusa/translations/2650/ https://www.knoxpages.com/news/east-knox-faces-criticism-for-coach-led-prayer/article_253fa46e-15f0-11ea-8d56-673fc1a6511f.html [1] https://usconstitution.net/consttop_reli.html#original [2] https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/23/us/louisiana-school-prayer-lawsuit/index.html

”Schools should be allowed to keep their customs.”

Some people believe it’s not the right decision to stop religious customs in schools. In some towns it is customary to believe in God and pray publicly, and some parents believe it is important to give their children the time for prayer at school. Others say to teach religious beliefs is to teach a beneficial set of morals to students. They think pray in school is good as the majority of people follow the same religion and it leads to a good moral character for most people.

Some students also want their religious customs to be practiced at school. There are some students who believe in God and pray regularly throughout the say, including school, such students that they choose to express their religious actions by themselves, and religious customs are not a result of school instructions. In a 2019 survey of American teens 39 percent of teens noticed students praying or carrying out religious acts such as praying before lunch or sports events in school. 53 percent of teens noticed students in public schools wearing accessories which have a religious symbol. But 8 only percent of public school students say they have ever had a teacher lead their class in prayer, indicating that students express themselves religiously because they want to and are not being coerced by schools in the majority of cases.

Religion is an important way to teach morals in a society, and students have a right to be exposed to that. Nowadays extremism and immoral acts can touch the lives of students,. religion can foster good behaviors. and schools should give students the right and opportunity to learn about it.

References / pewforum.org/2019/10/03/religion-in-the-public-schools-2019-update edition.cnn.com/2018/01/23/us/louisiana-school-prayer-lawsuit/index.html

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Some people believe it’s wrong to stop religious customs in schools. In some towns it is customary to believe in God and pray publicly, and some parents believe it is important to give their children time for prayer at school. Others say to teach religious beliefs is to teach a beneficial set of morals to students, arguing that prayer in schools is good when the majority of people follow the same religion and it can lead to a good moral character for most people.
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