Akane Koizumi
Dec 14 · Last update 2 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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”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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”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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