Dawn, please find out what your text materials say about children's self images and strategies for promoting healthy self-concepts.
What does your text say about emotional disorders in children?
These are such complex subjects that many, many books have been written about them. It's best for you to learn what your text authors have presented.
Prayer in public schools is the subject of seemingly
endless debates. As a teacher, you will probably be
asked to offer an opinion or be asked to include a moment
of silence in your classroom. Now is the time for
you to prepare your position. Certainly, you have a
personal position as to whether prayer should be permitted/
encouraged/required in public schools. On one
page, list the key points in your personal position.
Then review the position of the courts as outlined in
this chapter. Is personal position consistent with
legal precedent? Annotate your list to indicate which
points are supported or refuted by law.
I do not understand what they want
The assignment asks you for your opinion about prayer in the public school. Should it be permitted or encouraged or required?
1. On one page, list the key points of your opinion.
2. Then, go back and read in your text about how the courts have ruled about prayer in the public schools.
3. Finally, add notes to your page with your opinion, showing where you agree or disagree with the laws about school prayer.
Some things to think about:
Should teachers and/or students pray out loud? Should they demand or expect that others pray along with them? If so, which prayers should they use? Protestant Christian? Catholic Christian? Evangelical Christian? Mormon? Hindu? Buddhist? Jewish? Muslim?
Are silent prayers permissible? What about a "moment of silence?"
The limits and boundaries of the First Amendment in relation to public schools
have been and will continue to be tested in the courts, especially in relation to
religion. Several cases have dealt with the teaching of creationism and evolution,
the practice of religion, and the
religious use of public facilities.
Each case has contributed to a gradual
process of clarification of what
can and what should not be done to
ensure the separation of church and
state. Table 6.3 is a summary of U.S.
Supreme Court judgments in some of
PRAYER IN SCHOOL A number of attempts
have been and continue to be
initiated by school districts to incorporate
some form of prayer into public
school classrooms and activities.
One such case began when the school
district for Santa Fe High School, in
Texas, adopted a series of policies
that permitted prayer initiated and
led by a student at all home athletic
games. In June 2000, the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled in Santa Fe In- dependent School District, Petitioner v. Jane Doe that the clear intent of the district
policies was in violation of the establishment clause. The six-to-three majority
observed, “the District, nevertheless, asks us to pretend that we do not
recognize what every Santa Fe High School student understands clearly—that
this policy is about prayer.” Later in the decision, the Court noted, “This policy
likewise does not survive a facial challenge because it impermissibly imposes
upon the student body a majoritarian election on the issue of prayer.” In other
words, the district would be imposing a particular religious activity of the majority
on all, a clear violation of the establishment clause. “It further empowers
the student body majority with the authority to subject students of minority
views to constitutionally improper messages. The award of that power alone, regardless
of the students’ ultimate use of it, is not acceptable.” In concluding, the
Court stated, “the policy is invalid on its face because it establishes an improper majoritarian election on religion, and unquestionably has the purpose and creates
the perception of encouraging the delivery of prayer at a series of important
In an attempt to clarify what is and is not permissible in relation to prayer
and other religious activities in public schools, the U.S. Department of Education
has published a set of guidelines for religious expression. Points from these
guidelines are summarized in Table 6.4.
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If I an not against prayer but think it shouldn't be require, What are the key points of my opinion?