Prayer in schoolsdo you think schools should have  prayer  

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e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would echo the ideas that prayer should never be outlawed nor should it be mandated in schools. Prayer is a private issue and should be protected as such.

If the question is seeking to inquire about school-initiated prayer or teacher-led prayer, then we've got a different issue, but not necessarily a more problematic one. Again, prayer and religion are private issues which should not be mandated.

However, if we are really talking about whether or not teachers have a right to pray openly in school (in front of students during class time) or if prayer should be allowed to be shared via school-wide intercom, we run up against more nuanced issues:

  1. Where do the teacher's rights to individual expression and prayer end?
  2. At what point does the expression of individual belief on the part of school officials become an invasion of student rights?
pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No, we should not have prayer in schools; our country was founded on the principle of separation of church and state, and a public school is a "state" function, since it is paid for by taxes. However another basic idea behind the founding of the US is religious tolerance, so it is important for our schools to teach respect, including allowing those who are religious to pray unmolested when they wish to do so.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think schools should require prayer, but I think they should be respectful of it.  Some students need to pray at certain times, for religious or emotional reasons.  It is not a violation of other students’ rights to allow some students to pray, or allow for moments of silence in troubling times.

enotechris eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, should they so choose.  Students can also choose to participate or not. Mandating participation is, of course, another story.  I had a prescient 6th grade teacher, who, after we recited the Pledge of Allegiance (!) would conclude the morning ritual with "a moment of silent meditation."

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Schools already have prayer.  It's called individual students praying on their own or in groups without disrupting class.  That is the only kind of prayer we should have in schools.  The government has no right to require students to hear official prayers that are mandated by the school.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Prayer should not be required in school, but I do believe that students should be allowed to join in prayer if they wish. By taking away that right, the government is taking away religious freedoms.

utilityfan | Student

People should be free to pray and believe in what they want to believe in. However, the state should never attempt to mix itself with religious affairs, as that would potentially be recipie for disaster.

markyiabaines | Student

why or why not


bhawanipur | Student

When we were in schools, we were made to join prayer. I liked it because before that we used to play withour friends. We quarreled each other. But when we went for prayer, we stood together and prayed. Teachers stood by us with ruller in their hands to have control over us. This brought some kind of peace to mind. Still there were students who disliked it. In India where there are many religious groups have complain about this practice saying that their children proselitized. In Missioner schools, prayers are based on Christianity and yet thee are students of Hindus ans Muslims. They react to it.

Prayers are for having concentration on one's business. Moreover, it seems to bring unity among students. It also teaches morality and morality is no bad. However, it should not be imposed on students not willing to join of their own. Silence is gold if their minds are free from various thoughts. But prayer make to concentrate in one and cannot afford to have many thoughts in mind during prayer.