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Religious freedom in schools essay:

Can you guys please tell me what you think.

Do Students have Enough Religious Freedom in School?
The First amendment gave the citizens of America the right to religious freedom. This means that everybody has equal rights to believe in what they want. Religion is a secular issue that should or should not be involved in schools across the country.

Students in school have a limited amount of religious freedom. Religion is allowed to be included in their personal artwork, discussions, works of literature, and other assignments. The founding fathers of our country intended the first amendment to permit people of different faiths to be able to have different beliefs and faiths without being scrutinized. In the late 1700’s this mainly meant different sects of Christianity because most people believed that others should be a part of their own religion. To put it briefly, the times have changed but this fairly relates to present day.

Students are able to pray in school if it is an important part of their life. Some students chose to pray while others do not. Many people face criticism for their beliefs and religions. People who practice other religions rather than Christianity , such as; Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Wicca, Mormonism, Scientology, Atheism, Agnosticism, Satanism, Polytheistic Religions,  Spiritism, etc,  often are judged and disparaged.  People are free to worship whatever they want and should not be criticized. Criticism and ignorance often follow each other and make the world a less accepting place. Concisely, students have freedom to believe what they want but are often belittled because of their beliefs.

Religion does not really relate to school but it is unfair if certain religious groups have rights that others do not. One exception of this is religious holidays. Schools have breaks for major Christian holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Good Friday but what about other religious groups?  Pupils of other religious groups are allowed to miss school due to a sacred holiday if given permission by the school Teachers are not allowed to teach religion but are allowed to teach about religion. Learning about diverse cultures and religion in school is very important.  By instructing the students about all religions and cultures,  students learn about other cultures and learn to be more open-minded and understanding. Furthermore, schools should focus on learning about diversity rather than pertaining to American culture.

In conclusion, Students have a limited amount of religious freedom.  Students are able to pray if they need to as long as they are not disturbing vital learning processes but may face criticism. Therefore, the majority of student rights are protected by law.

I would just like to add that Mormons *do* believe in Jesus Christ, so it technically is a Christian faith.

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I think its a good start. You seem to have really thought this out. It does not seem to flow too easily though...You have a lot of really good points but they are only a sentace long and go by too quickly for the reader to catch. Do you have a maximum number of words or pages? If not, id go back through and expound upon certain concepts....they are lovely ideas that just need to be fleshed out a little. Grammatically speaking, I think its appropriate for your grade level..but wondered if you wanted a period here:

miss school due to a sacred holiday if given permission by the school Teachers are not allowed to teach religion but are allowed to

before teachers?

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Also, I think "exception" was supposed to be "example", right?  

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Also, I think "exception" was supposed to be "example", right?  

yeah, i wasn't thinking about that. i kind of was zoning out :p same thing with the mormons being christians. i'm just out of it :P

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Also, I think "exception" was supposed to be "example", right?  

oh yeah...i noticed that...

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I think its a good start. You seem to have really thought this out. It does not seem to flow too easily though...You have a lot of really good points but they are only a sentace long and go by too quickly for the reader to catch. Do you have a maximum number of words or pages? If not, id go back through and expound upon certain concepts....they are lovely ideas that just need to be fleshed out a little. Grammatically speaking, I think its appropriate for your grade level..but wondered if you wanted a period here:

miss school due to a sacred holiday if given permission by the school Teachers are not allowed to teach religion but are allowed to

before teachers?

yikes! i copied and pasted a big chunk and totally flipped through that. thanks for telling me that. i do need to reread it. i'm really bad at organizing my thoughts. i'm pretty disorganized and have to many opinions and new thoughts to write concisely....i think that's part of me over analyzing things....

thanks for all of your editing :). I checked it over again and fixed my mistakes.

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well, its a good start...thats a pretty big concept to have to write about and you are doing a good job tackling it...when is it due?

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well, its a good start...thats a pretty big concept to have to write about and you are doing a good job tackling it...when is it due?

again with me being disorganized, tommorow.

i procrastinate a lot :)

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Also, I think "exception" was supposed to be "example", right?  

yeah, i wasn't thinking about that. i kind of was zoning out :p same thing with the mormons being christians. i'm just out of it :P

I completely understand zoning out!  It looks good, though, but like VHZ pointed out, it seems somewhat rushed.

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Are you for promoting religious freedom in schools?

If you are why are you putting the sentence,religion is a secular issue..........
Put "There's many debates whether religion should be in schools." Make that your first sentence.
And then talk about the first Amendment.

About the sentence- the personal artwork, disscussion etc.Change it to "Religion is allowed ieverywhere in our society in  our artwork, speech , as in the written word etc so why not in our schools?"

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I think that your paper is well thought and overall a great paper. I started editing it, but that is just the student and teacher in me. Then I thought that maybe you were not looking for a peer review!

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Can you guys please tell me what you think.

Do Students have Enough Religious Freedom in School?
The First amendment(GIVES) the citizens of the United States the right to practice religion without interference from the State . This means that everybody has the right to believe what they want. (Place a transition sentence here)Religion is a secular issue that should or should not be involved in schools across the country. Which do you mean?

Just some suggestions to start with (in addition to everyone else's). I didn't think you really wanted me to rewrite the whole thing. :)

And most of the founding fathers were deists. (they weren't Christians) The argument for separation of church and state came out of their experiences with religious persecution in Europe.

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i am wondering what sources you used for your paper? some of the information in it isn't "common knowledge" and you should say where you learned it (unless this is all stuff you learned in class and they want you to just write about it). i'm not sure what you do in class or where you learned the ideas here, but i am a plagiarism catching machine-- it can get students in big trouble so if you need to be citing things you better get on that!! (this is prof. baypuppy speaking!).  i've failed students for plagiarism in my classes.

also, i think the holidays students get off is regional. my school gives off the Christian AND Jewish holidays (cause if they didn't give the Jewish ones, there would be half the kids missing!!). a couple years ago they went to be "all inclusive" and did the Muslim holidays but we never went to school.

also agnostics and atheists don't practice a religion so that part was weird.

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Here's an Op-Ed that I read the other day by T. Jeremy Gunn (from the ACLU) that deals with this subject:

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/09/accommodating-t.html#more

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