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The Church and State

Separation of Church and StatePrayer in Public School

OverviewIn 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court declared school - sponsored prayers unconstitutional in the case of Engel v. Vitale. But what the public did not know was that it freed the students to pray or in groups as long as it did not interfere with the rights of others.

by: Maggie Kealaiki

1890- Bible reading ruled unconstitutional.1962- The first anti-prayer decision from the Supreme Court Weiss V. District Board.1971- School religious activity must pass a Lemon test 1963- Supreme Court ruling against the Lord's Prayer and the Bible.

What the educators didAftermath of Engel decision, some school administrators took things to far by prohibiting constitutionally protected student religious expression. Other administrators and school boards practiced civil disobedience .

Educators can balance and still find religious diversity Public school officials have begun to get religion and prayer right. They understand the difference between government speech promoting religion which the establishment clause prohibits and student religious speech, which the free exercise and free speech clauses protect.

How would I have handled the situation as an educator?I have learned from experience that when new things take place, I tend to question about it. I can not say for sure how I would have handled the situation but I would do it the best that I can.

The outcome of the caseThe court ruled that New York's practice of beginning school days with a prayer drafted by school officials violated the Establishment Clause.

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