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Banning Prayer in Schools When schools first opened hundreds of years ago prayer was always enforced and the Bible was the only book most schools had to read Our first constitutional right states that we have the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion and as our right the government can not tell us when it is appropriate to pray The government is only taking away yet another right making us weaker and themselves stronger The bible being the first book in education the first amendment moment of silence in school the religious freedom amendment and how society have reacted to this situation help to reach my opinion on prayer in schools The oldest known system of education was to teach religion and promote traditions of people In the western world education was based on Biblical traditions of the Old Testament The first school in America was in Jamestown in 1607 Schools were church related or private including universities Yale Harvard Brown and Dartmouth were all established by church groups In the early 1800s four of every 1000 people were illiterate Greek and Latin were taught in grammar school Protestantism permeated the textbooks which caused the Catholics to create their own schools In the early 1800s Horace Mann as president of the senate in Massachusetts initiated the first state board of public instruction He wanted public education to be Unitarian and did not believe in the deity of Jesus Christ He wanted state education with no Christian influence Mann followed Germanys Hegelian philosophy which claimed nothing was absolute and mans ideas were superior to Biblical principles This was the important shift from objective realities to subjective realities Mel Gablers In the early 20th century John Dewey a university professor trained teachers in progressive education Teachers today are instructed in this philosophy Mr Dewey was a signer of the Humanist Manifest 1 and believed that Christianity was the principle problem of society a
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