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What are your perspectives on prayer in schools? What are the diversity issues involved?
n issue that has been constantly debated for years is whether voluntary prayer in public schools should be permitted. A student should be allowed to pray voluntarily at the beginning of each school day based on many reasons. [ Prayer based on moral beliefs reinforce good citizenship as defined by our forefathers. A daily reminder of a need for the belief of good over evil is a necessary
part of this society. Daily voluntary school prayer should be re-instated in public schools due to three reasons, the historical basis of the beginning of the United States government, the serious moral decline since prayer has been outlawed, and the government infringement on the constitutional guarantee of individual freedom of personal beliefs. First, a student should be allowed to pray voluntarily at the beginning of each school day because the United States government was originally based on Christian principles. The Declaration of Independence, a document written to express the mission and purpose of this new country, states, " We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that God endows them, with certain unalienable rights?.." Credit for the rights that Americans hold dear is given to God, the Creator, by the founding fathers of this Nation. In order to understand the basic fundamentals of the US form of government, students need to understand the religious teachings that influenced these early leaders; that is the creation, the providence of God and a final judgement day for accountability. Since the government was formed under these principles, it can only stay strong if students understand these beginnings. The first amendment states "that congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof?" The first clause declares that the federal government cannot establish a common state church. ]
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what is the debate over evolution and intelligent design? How does accounting for both sides of the debate affect education
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Handled intelligently and reasonably, the debate between evolution (the theory that life evolved by random mutation and natural selection) and intelligent design (the view that life is the product of intelligent plan by a higher being or designer) could be an exciting catalyst for students to learn how science works and what its limitations are. But, sadly, schools typically do not teach subjects intelligently and reasonably. So the subject is culturally divisive rather than educationally and intellectually useful. This is particularly sad because some of the best of what can be said on both sides was written clearly and beautifully more than 200 years ago and could easily serve as the foundation for teaching about the nature of science, the nature of rationality, and the nature of thought.
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