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The Role Of Morals In Education And Religion In School

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The Role of Morals in Education and Religion in School

“Our father’s God to, thee, author of Liberty, to thee we sing. Long may our land
be bright with freedoms holy light; protect us by thy might, Great God our King.”
Since the late 1950’s, when separation between Church and state was forced into
practice, public schools have shown a dramatic decrease in the amount of ethics and
morality taught in the classroom. All the while, school violence is on the rise. All we
need to do is look at the horror with transpired at Columbine to see this sad truth in
action. Because public teachers are terrified of lawsuits they neglect to implement the
importance of ethical and moral values on the youths of our society. While in parochial
schools ethics and morals are continually taught with various religious undertones. These
same elementary principles can be applied, as well as taught, at public institutions
without the use of the religious undertones. Personally I would not posses as high of
moral and personal standards if it were not for the emphasis placed on right vs. wrong in
my grade school religion class.
At the impressionable age of seven I was thrust into the all consuming world of
catholic schools. Where the sociological institutions of religion and education are
intertwined in a complex web of dogmatic beliefs and demanding course loads. This
continual demand of both spiritual and personal excellence, coupled with the numerous
Southern ideologies of my parents, has tremendously nourished my strong willed, “go
get’em”, conviction filled character. This character, which at times is questionable to
observers, was given it fundamental values on my back porch swing-- yet it was
dramatically enhanced by five consecutive years of Mrs. Kennedy’s religion classes.
Mrs. Kennedy was a gentle and even tempered women, who attempted to create
compassionate and understanding young adults; in my case she prevailed. She taught us
to always carry love in our pocket, like we would extra change, for one would never
know when the opportunity would arise to impart some of our generosity in the life of a
stranger. To touch one life with an act of kindness, is in essence, the start of a chain
effect. When compassion lingers, the people we leave are effected by the love we
bestowed upon them. For the person’s life we touch will more than likely share the
kindness we offered them to another individual. The importance of compassion is always
in the forefront of all of my actions. Daily I try to act towards others as I...

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