Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools
Makes an impassioned case for moral education and the place for voluntary prayer in schools in the United States. more...
A Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools
"In this remarkable book, Bill Jeynes makes an impassioned case for moral education and the place for voluntary prayer in schools in the United States. His analysis begins with the Founding Fathers and offers a fresh understanding of the First Amendment and, in particular, powerfully debunks conventional and misleading interpretations of free exercise and non-establishment. He explains how these conventional interpretations gave way to a secular bias, ultimately leading to the removal of prayer and moral instruction from American schools. Quoting the dissenting opinion in Engel v. Vitale, the 1962 Supreme Court case banning prayer from schools, Jeynes offers an incisive indictment of the implications of these decisions: 'The decision resulted in 'the establishment of a religion of secularism.' Jeynes argues persuasively for a renewed appreciation of the role of religion in American civic life and the importance of character formation and prayer in
the educational lives of our nation's children."
Professor Tim Scully
Director of Institute of Educational Initiatives
Professor of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
In 1962 and 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court made rulings that removed prayer and Bible reading from public schools. But in the aftermath of the rulings, the nation endured one of the worst and longest sustained increases in juvenile crime in its history. Is there a connection?
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