Engel V. Vitale
Seperation of Church and State
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion", Amendment I
Facts of The Case;
The Board of Regions for the State of New York authorized a short, voluntary prayer for recitation at the start of each school day. This was an attempt to defuse politically potent issue by taking it out of the hands of the local communities. The blandest of invocations read as follows: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and beg Thy blessings upon us, our teachers and our country."
Does the reading of a nondenominational prayer at the start of the school day violate the "establishment of religion" clause of the First Amendment?
Yes. Neither the prayer's denominational character nor its voluntary character saves it from unconstitutionality. By providing the prayer, New York officially approved religion. This was the first in a series of cases in which the Court used the establishment clause to eliminate religious activities of all sort which had traditionally been a part of public ceremonies. Despite the passage of time, the decision is still unpopular with a majority of Americans.
Of course I believe in religion but do I feel as if education should mix the two? Yes, I believe that it could bring a lot more structure in the school system at the same time instilling morals an values in the students.
To whose God tho are we praying to?
In every classroom student their will be a variety of students who haven't been brought up in the same religious backgrounds as others. I think praying can be implemented in the school setting but it should be address as a moment of silence giving students time to meditate and give thanks for their school, teachers and country.
Don't use religion as a reason to form your own rules and barriers.
I don't believe that any decision dealing with religion and education should be left up to the government at all. Involving religion should be left up to the parents they are the ones instilling the values and morals at home. We should abide by the needs and wants of the parents and home base so no child will feel left out of disrespected when it comes to their religious beliefs.