Religion in Public Schools

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Religion in Public Schools Issues involving public schools and religion have been topics involving intense debate. It is difficult for the government to elucidate the appropriate boundaries of religion in the public schools. It is true that teaching about religion is permitted in the public education systems, but the real question is where the margin should be set between teaching religion and simply teaching about religion. It is almost impossible to teach about the history of the United States without teaching that religious beliefs associated with the history, artwork, and literature. More than the public is lead to believe, The Constitution permits religious activities in and around public school buildings. It is unfortunate that the aspect of religion in public schools is not as well known as it should be. Many of the things that are wrong with America today can directly be connected to the removal of religious freedoms from citizens. The American public should realize this and permit religion to be taught in the public school systems. The Department of Education has listed guidelines to public schools that regard religion in and out of the classroom. Unfortunately, the Department of Education did not settle of all the debates regarding this topic. Teaching about religion and reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” continue to be disputed on a daily basis. Many people are confused on the laws regarding religion and prayer in schools. The article “Religion In The Public Schools: A Joint Statement Of Current Law” written by Secretary Riley of the U.S. Department of Education describes the current laws regarding religion within the public schools. He states that it is, in fact, constitutional to teach about religion in public schools. Also, students have the right to pray individually or in groups about their religious values with other students as long as they do
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