Ever since the 1962 ruling of the Engel v. Vitale, case in which the U.S. Supreme Court agreed “that voluntary prayer in public schools violated the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment prohibition of a state establishment of religion” (Encyclopedia Britannica), the public school system has spiraled out of control.
After such a profound ruling, it can be assumed that the voluntary prayer must have been, in some way, pushing the notion of religion onto the students. However, the prayer,
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.” was actually rather neutral and merely stated beliefs based upon what the Founding Fathers regarded as an important part of America’s building blocks.
In today’s school system, so many funds are spent trying to fix the multitude of problems including: chronic attendance, academic struggles, kids who are “at-risk”, low reading scores, and an entire gamut of other underlying concerns that seem to have no end.
Committees are formed, time is invested, and progress, if any, eventually comes to an end until the process is repeated for the next round.
Has anyone ever taken a look, a real close look into why public education was formed in the first place? If they did, they would discover that it was the Puritans, devout Christians, who began the initiation in America. They understood the importance of an education especially after being denied the privilege while in England.
Did you know that the Puritans established the first and oldest college in America? Any guesses as to which one it is?…Harvard University… That’s right. Founded in 1636, Harvard’s intentions were to prepare those who were to carry forth God’s word into the mission fields or to the pulpit. Actually, seven Ivy League schools besides Harvard, (Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell and Dartmouth), were to be used for the same purpose. To go and spread the good news. (Mark 16:15)
If our public school system was founded on God’s moral law, then why are we not applying the solution to the current problem? The simple answer, we are a stubborn and prideful people who believe that God is not the one who can fix the problem. After all, he gave us a brain to fix it ourselves, right? It sure looks like we are doing such a fine job now, don’t we? I wish the answer would be yes, but anyone who has ever had any connection to the public schools would understand just exactly how backwards, inside out, and twisted the system has become.
Are you tired of hearing the same broken record? Isn’t it about time to put God back into the schools, in our homes, and in our hearts? I challenge you to begin praying for your local schools and see if you don’t have some significant changes in a positive way come about.
What changes have you noticed from when you were a kid in school to today’s system?
Being an educator myself I know exactly what you are talking about. I am thankful to God for the Christian kids who are exercising their rights of religious expression and taking bold stands for their faith in our schools. As for your question, I will think about it and get back to you.
Now the answer to your question. Kids didn’t question the authority of the teacher.