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...

WHAT WE BELIEVE


The U.S. Supreme Court in Abington v. Schempp (1963) and other decisions allows for the teaching of the teaching of the Bible as Literature as long as it is presented in an “objective” way and is part of a secular “curriculum.” Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) acknowledges this fact. In 2007 the Time magazine cover story article entitled, “The Case for Teaching the Bible,” Time asserts that the Bible should be taught in the schools, as long as it is done in an objective way. Furthermore, both the U.S. Supreme Court and Time assert that one really should not be regarded as an educated individual unless one has a working knowledge of the Bible.

Schools should allow for a moment of silence during each school day. To be Constitutionally permissible, this moment of silence should not specifically be religious or non-religious in nature. Moreover, the teacher should in no way guide students toward a specific religion. However, as President Bill Clinton asserted in his speech at James Madison University in 1995, for the last half century, educators have been communicating to students to essentially leave their faith at the front door of the school and President Clinton concluded that this was wrong and very intolerant of Christians, Jewish people, and other people of faith.

European educators are rather amazed that Americans school policies are so “backward” and “primitive” when it comes to issues of faith. Why, these Europeans ask, are Americans so tolerant of race and ethnic issues and so intolerant of talking about and expressing one’s faith.

Character education should be taught in the schools. To be sure, character education in the public schools prior to 1962 and 1963 was based primarily on Judeo-Christian principles. To be constitutionally acceptable, character education in contemporary public schools should be non-religious in nature. Nevertheless, there should still be character education. There are a wide range of values, such as love, honesty, sincerity, responsibility, and a host of others that basically all people are agreed on, unless a person is a sociopath. Educators should teach these values in the public schools.
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