We have the right to Free Speech, in America. To my knowledge, the Constitution places no age minimum on that. Therefore, a child should be able to mention God if they choose to do so. The fact they are on school property makes no difference. Free speech is just that -- freely expressed.
I have, in my years of volunteering in Public Schools, seen a child refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance because of his religious beliefs. His mother even discussed this with the teacher, on the first day of school -- offering proof if it was necessary. She was told that it was not a problem and proof wasn't needed. Personally, I felt that he had that option because we practice Freedom of Religion in this country. Likewise, if a child believes in God & wants to talk about that, he/she should have that right via Freedom of Speech. There is far worse things they could discuss & probably do!
For one, the Bible teaches morals. Schools say that schools should not teach bible- based morals, but the majority of good manners and morals are taught in the Bible. Jesus says in Mark 12:30-31: "30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” This teaches world peace and to love God. Also, Jesus teaches in Matthew 5:43-48 43 “43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" These verses teach people to love each other. Have you ever heard of this thing called bullying? Biblical morals and lessons teach students to love one another, and by sharing their faith in schools, students are able to bring others to Jesus.
Separation of Church and States does not take away a student's freedom of speech. And honestly, students could be talking about drugs, sex, addiction, and other horrible problems, while faith can help them.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." People can express their beliefs wherever the want. If they are not allowed to, that shreds the Constitution.
We ought not stifle our children's education by mandating limitations on what topics can and cannot be discussed in an academic fashion. God is just another topic, like any other topic. Students should be able to discus it to their hearts content, whether their position is pro or con on the issue.
This is an insane question! Do children have rights? Yea they do, people cannot just censor everything they disagree with. If are Founding Fathers were alive and read this I can imagine they would be very disapointed in the direction this country is moving toward. Americans should appreciate there freedom of speech, instead of trying to censor religion, government critisim, and the internet.
While I disagree with teaching about god in public schools (as it violates the first amendment) , disallowing children studying at public schools to speak about god is a violation of the first amendment too as it restricts their freedom of religion. I believe that although everyone should be able to speak about their own beliefs at school, no one should be forced to accept a specific religion.
We should never stop children from expressing themselves. We can learn from our children just as they can learn from us. Why is it that we should confuse children by telling them to express themselves, but we want to stop them when it comes to GOD. Freedom of speech should be in every aspect of expressing themselves. STCOD
Kids should definitely be allowed to talk about god in schools. God deserves to be talked about, in fact, part of the Christian faith is just spreading the word of god. If you punish kids when they talk about god that is not acceptable and it violates the first amendment freedom of speech.
Religion is a topic of importance in society, everyone will have something to do or say in regards to religion so it stands to reason that if children wish to discuss religion, they may do so whenever they want, wherever they want. There is to be no restrictions on what someone wants to say as long as it harms no one. Since talking about religion doesn't harm anyone, it's perfectly fine. In fact, opposition to this position are mainly of their belief due to a philosophical bias against religion altogether.
In the first amendment we are given the freedom of speech. If someone wants to talk about their religion to someone else, its not rude they're just trying to spread gods word. More than likely someone isn't going to start preaching to you about their religion if you ask them not to. You can always ask people politely to talk quieter or stop talking about it.
In public schools, all students are required to take classes in reading, writing, arithmetic, etc. You can't have kids disrupting these classes talking about God.
At lunch and breaks, kids can talk among themselves about whatever they want. If some kids want to talk about God, great. But, no kid should be allowed to bully or make fun of other kids about religion.
In private religious schools, they actual have religious classes where the Bible and God are discussed. If a kid in a private school started disrupting the math class talking about God, they would tell him to stop and save it for religious class,most likely.
School should be teaching us how to survive and to plan for life, not personal opinions of personal belief. This means agriculture, how to do ones banking, basic knowledge for emergencies, and offering courses that provide knowledge of those who plan to go to College.
God is taken care by parents and the Church, NOT SCHOOL.
The Separation of church and state requires that public schools do not endorse or promote a religion. With children in elementary school, there is no way for the discussions by children to not involve school personnel.
It also gives children one more reason to bully. With a nation that has a 78% majority of Christians, you are just inviting those of the majority to exclude and ridicule the remaining 22%; this is particularly apparent considering the negative portrayal in the media of non-Christians and recent Pew Forum research showing minority religious positions such as Islam and atheism as the most hated groups in America.
School is for education on facts. Leave religious education to the home.
This is a very critical learning time in one's life. It can increase problems bring Religion into this type of setting. Speaking of God in schools can actually harm children more than it helps. One child should not have to get confused religion because another insist on talking about God.
Thats all that should be taught in school, not religion as it is not a fact by any definition of the word. If they do talk about religion they also have to talk about all the wars and death it has caused. Religion today is unnecesary and we should move away rather than towards it