And despite the First Amendment, Jack Kemp, the 1996 Republican vice-presidential candidate, stated that the Ten Commandments should be posted in every school in America (qtd in Conn 5).
Counterargument The first person to devise a plan for 3 years of free public supported education in America (for White children) was Thomas Jefferson in Virginia.
It was not initially passed by the state legislature, but became the prototype for public education in other states, beginning with Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Two important features of this plan were to teach the values of the newly formed republic and to be secular; that is, to be religiously neutral.
Schempp that the Bible could and should be read in classrooms as part of students' academic education: It certainly may be said the Bible is worthy of study for its literary and historic qualities.
Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible or of religion, when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, may not be effected consistently with the First Amendment. Schempp 860) Although the wall concept has been the legal interpretation of the First Amendment for more than 200 years, a complete separation of religion and government is probably impossibility.
Conclusion (based on the evidence provided in the paper, we conclude that prayer should be initiated in all public schools in the US) 6.
Works Cited Introduction In the contemporary world of loss of morality, degrading of the school’s system, and lack of strong educational and moral principles among students, it is crucial to initiate prayer in public schools in order to form basis for pupils’ successful spirituality development.
The counterargument is provided in order to illustrate the opposite vies on the subject.
The paper provides opposite views to having prayer in public schools because it is essential to discuss two sides of the argument to make the topic clear and understandable. Religion and government (this section offers an overview of the relationships between the state and religion from the historical and contemporary points of view) 5.