Why we should put prayer and the 10 commandments back in schools!!!!! The legal parameters and guidelines for prayer in school have been very clearly defined, but the question, “should prayer be allowed in school?” keeps coming up. What keeps this issue hot is the concern that we Christians have that the current legal code restricts the freedom they have had in the past to openly practice their faith. When a tragic accident or a sudden disaster occurs, it is normal for many people to turn together to God in prayer for comfort and help. Psalm 50:15 says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”This freedom is offered to people in many government and public settings, so it should also be allowed to young people while they are at school!!
Prayer in Colonial Schools:
In Colonial America, home schooling and the schools run by the churches were very common. The first settlers in America felt that it was important that children learned to read so they could read their Bibles. Learning right from wrong and developing good moral character were considered as important as learning the 3R’s. School Prayer was a natural part of the Pilgrims school life. The Churches played a big part in the formation of schools in America:
Bible Reading & School Prayer:
As part of the daily curriculum, students were taught to pray and read using the Bible. Later in 1690 the New England Primer was introduced which taught spelling, reading and the Alphabet using Bible verses, thus teaching both reading and Bible morals at the same time. Daily school prayer was a natural part of this educational system. After the American Revolution, Noah Webster introduced the Blue Book Speller which also used Bible verses to teach reading and spelling. In 1836 the McGuffey Reader was introduced which also featured Bible verses to teach moral values. This school system produced some of the world’s brightest inventors and set the Industrial Revolution in motion. The schools continued to be run mostly by Christian Churches until the 1890’s at which point States started to take control of the existing schools. By 1900 many other text books were in use and they all had Bible quotes in them.