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Only if the students are mandated to take the Bible they are given?
Moment of silence has already been mandated in my state for several years. Unfortunately, no one mandated the teachers to instruct the students on how to use the time. So what happens is that it becomes a "shushing" moment for the teacher to keep the students quiet for no apparent reason. I've appretiated reading all of the posts that help me understand the benefits of the time and ways to explain it to my students...religous or not.
i pray everyday at school and everything
Mat. 7:1-5…1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
im not trying to bash anyone who is not christian or who does not beleive in jesus christ as the son of god, but honestly get over it! why is it not okay for us to take ONE minute of the day to praise or worship our lord while through out the rest of the day people are taking his name in vain or talking trash about him??? i am not here to impress anyone on this world, but to live breath for god my father!
Wow, are all of you people so mad at the fact that we have actually instated this law? The fact that Illinois would like to OFFER... key word, OFFER a mandatory moment of silence? I goto a Catholic High School, but is everyone here Catholic? No... in case you were confused at the answer. It is not mandatory to be a Catholic to attend here, but when the prayer blares over the PA in the morning, everyone stands up. Merely to respect the religions that are being silently represented. These kids are not angry that they are being asked to move the muscles for them to raise up for a moment to stand in silence. Get over it... its a minute. Good God.
Tired of it being politically correct to bash Christians but no others.
How can we be against something that promotes the idea that kids and teachers alike can reflect and mentally prepare themselves for being at school to do more than socialize and eat lunch? The law allows students and teachers to do what is best for them and doesn't even take funding! - we can't say that for many other "mandatory" laws that come down the pike!
This is a good thing, let's not make it political or religious.
I think it can be a great learning tool for students to learn about self-reflection, an attribute I consider imperative for our future generation of leaders. Perhaps giving students a leading sentence (like one would a journal entry) or a quote of the day to reflect on would serve to guide students rather than turn this into a raging debate over personal freedoms. I have learned that to be the most effective teacher I can be, I can only control within my classroom (in the short term anyway) so this would be how I would turn this into a learning situation. Besides, a little bit of time to actually slow down is something none of us probably have and might even turn out to be good for ourselves as well - a moment to breathe!
Yes we are to be moral guides to our students; but, morality does not only derive from theology. You are an employee of a government entity. If you want to share your religious views with young people go to work for a church school. As a teacher, paid with the taxes of all of the people, including many who do not share your views on religion, you should teach the curriculum not your personal religious viewpoints. If you don't think that is "fair" I have a deal for you. You can teach your religious viewpoints in a public school, if I can come to your church Sunday school and teach evolution as a "fair" response to the story of creation from Genesis.