Prayer in school removed

@djoyce71 (2512)
Philippines
September 22, 2008 4:37am CST
I never realized that prayer in school was a big issue before in other countries until I read about an article about school debates. (http://www.allabouthistory.org/prayer-in-school-debate-faq.htm) Here in the Philippines, it's common to almost all of the schools to have prayer before and after classes. Even in programs and other school ceremonies, prayer is always there. There are sectarian schools that force all students to follow their prayer while public schools and non-sectarian schools would have prayers that will not offend other religion. Why do you think should a prayer be removed in schools? Would you agree that prayers be removed?
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@Chevee (5914)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I really don't know why they decided to take prayer out of schools? I do remember when I was in grade school which was ages ago, we would always start our school day off with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance to the flag. We would also have an assembly at least once a week that would be on a Wednesday, the the whole school would assemble in the auditorium and we would begin that with a prayer also. I think prayer is important.
• United States
23 Sep 08
We always started our morning out with a "silent moment" and then the pledge of allegiance. As my girls are in school now, there is no silent moment any more. At least they still say the pledge of allegiance at my kids school. They are trying to take that from us too. What happened to the land of the free??
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@nishdan01 (3052)
• Singapore
23 Sep 08
Prayers are a must for all places as it gives everyone a perfect oppurtunity to think about the God. We live in a fast paced world with lot of stress all the time and people seldom think about God unless there is a difficulty such as a natural calamity. If things run the same way our generation to come may not know here to turn to in the midst of difficulty. Let religious prayer be conducted in religious schools and secular prayer in public school. Whatever religion, prayer is a must in schools.
@michelled (326)
• United States
22 Sep 08
No i do not think it should be removed . I think to many of are freedom is taken away from us. Prayer here in the U.S. is not in are schools unless you go to a religous school put public schools dont do prayer at all. I think prayer , and religion is a choice . Why shouldn't a kid who is raised to pray , be allowed to pray in school. It is a freedom that i feel should not be taken away from anyone.
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@klaudine (3651)
• Indonesia
22 Sep 08
I don't think that prayer in schools should be a debatable issue, because I think parents submit their children in some school (especially schools under some religious organization) with full consideration about the prayer things too. If they don't want their children to pray in another way, so don't put their children in some particular school. Some organization based on religions make schools with purposes. Not only to make money, or just to give an education for people, but also they want to spread their beliefs too. It is not something wrong since there is no enforcement for people to enter their children to those schools, but parents have to be aware about this since those schools usually gives the parents written statement about the school regulation. At least here in my country they does. So that there is no way people can complaining about the prayers in the school.
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• United States
25 Sep 08
I'm a Christian myself, and I do think that prayer should be removed from schools. I say that because it's unfair to everyone else who may have different religious beliefs. I know if I had to go to a school where we had to do something that I didn't believe in, I wouldn't go for that. I remember when I was in school, we always had a moment of silence. I would alwyas use that chance to actually pray to God that he would help me make it through the school day.
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@irishidid (8712)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I can barely remember prayer in school. I think I was in the first or second grade at the time it was taken out so it didn't have a big impact on me. I have seen the religious holidays being turned into spring break, winter break, etc. instead of being called Christmas and Easter. There have been times that the spring break wasn't even at the same time as Easter. I remember getting off of school the Friday before and Monday after. With my younger two kids I never had to supply a gift for a school Christmas party. I thought that was kind of sad that the kids missed out on that.
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@salonga (27825)
• Philippines
23 Sep 08
It's good to start any activity with a prayer. I just wish that prayers are really done wholeheartedly. Not the memorized prayers that were recited like poems and not coming from the heart and not really talking to the real God. I believe it is very good to start a class with a prayer but each one should be given the liberty to pray not offending each others religion.
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• Canada
23 Sep 08
Prayer has been removed from our school for years now . The reason it was removed was because of the fight with parents over this . There are so many different religions in the school and then there are those who have raised there children to be athieset , it got so bad that they finally took it out of the school and not only did they have to take out prayer because of this but also had to take out Santa Claus as well because there are those religions that don't celebrate Christmas and felt this was going against there religion , so now the children are not allowed to even color pictures of Santa Claus and things relating to Christmas at the school either . It really is sad when you think about it because religion is religion and it should not matter what religion you are as we are all the same . There is one God out there and he loves all of us and it has nothing to do with the religion we are it is that we believe and that we trust in him .
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@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
23 Sep 08
I think that prayers are good ways to teach children not only of faith and good values but also how to memorize. For me prayers not only enrich the spiritual aspect in a kid but also his memory.
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• United States
23 Sep 08
I like prayer in schools, but I can understand why they are removing them. The schools are such a mix of different cultures that they are trying to be careful not to offend anyone. If I want religion as part of my children's school day, I choose to send them to a school that is part of that religion. If I choose to send them to a public school, then then go to Sunday school at our church. personally I think they should have an elective with religious studies so that students can learn about all religions so they can make their own choice.
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• United States
23 Sep 08
Prayers should not be mandatory among children. It should be allowed in my opinion for children to pray in school but it should not be allowed for teachers to partake in these prayers because they could influence children of another or no faith.
• India
23 Sep 08
i think that prayer should not be removed because we consider it as a holy place.in my we have a prayer that does not have affect other religion.this is an unwanted issue.i better to start a class with a prayer..
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@AmbiePam (55943)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Public prayer in schools was banned several decades ago here in America. Of course people can pray to themselves, and students can lead their own prayers if they want in private, but that is not enough to me. If someone doesn't want to bow their head and pray, that's fine. But teachers and students should have the option to do it if they want. I went to a Christian school so I never had to worry about that. Prayer in public schools is a big issue to me.
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@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I know that school prayer has been removed as far as I know in public schools. I am not sure about Catholic schools because that it the students' practicing religion. I believe that all faiths have a right to worship as they will and maybe prayer should not be in all schools. Not every child worships the same way or has the same beliefs as others. Things have changed a lot since I was growing up but I believe that prayer should be taken out in respect to different people's beliefs and religions.
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@lizard211 (240)
• United States
23 Sep 08
I definitely think prayer should be taken out of schools. I think of prayer as a personal choice and no public school should be condoning mandatory prayer. If students want to get together and pray privately to whatever god they want, that is totally fine with me. I do think religion class should be mandatory in school though. Religion class meaning a course on the various religions in the context of history - not just the predominant religion in the area/country. I do not see this type of class as contrary to my belief of "separation of church and state". Religion plays a major role in world history and I think many people would be better off learning that their personal religion is not the only one out there.
22 Sep 08
There should be no prayers in school at all! It is religious indoctrination! Children go to school to learn and it is a right of theirs that they get to learn in an environment that does not discriminate or offend their beliefs. Anyone who opts for prayers in school is undemocratic!