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Prayer and Public Schools Not A Good Combination Imagine a little boy on the first day of classes sitting in second grade at a public school where more than half of the population of the school is Christian This boy was brought up to believe in Allah and the principles of the Islamic faith Over the intercom the principle announces that it is time to recite the pledge and make a prayer in Jesus name The boy resistant to say the prayer with his classmates does not remain standing after the pledge to pray in Jesus name His classmates look at him in disbelief After this episode nobody will want to talk to him When it comes time to pick teams for kickball or football in physical education class he will be the last one picked In art class no one will share their scissors or glue with him Soon he will become known as the weird kid Children at this age do not understand that everyone is different This young boy feels confused and sad What do you think the rest of the year will be like for this boy He will always be known as the different one at school Young children do not particularly like the different children in the classroom Fitting in with the norm of a group of peers is one of the most important aspects of elementary school If prayer had not been mixed in with the classroom in this situation this conflict would have never come about Prayer in public schools is a widely debated issue in America today Many schools have children with this very same problem of feeling left out Education is mandatory for all children but religion is not Religion is private and schools are public therefore making public schools for all denominations of students Two other valid reasons that verify that prayer is irrelevant in the classroom is that the first amendment states that
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