meh. It's a lot of jargon to wade through.Hi, Lanolin - I couldn't remember what the start of all this was, so I looked up just why Prayer and Bibles were taken out of USA schools and this here link below, is one of the better ones to read about it. This includes the court case and other reference material. This dates back to 1962.
In a nutshell it's just a recitation thats been removed, you can't say that prayer and Bibles are banned. Nobody's saying children cannot pray because anybody can pray whenever, and a recitation isn't necessarily real prayer anyway.
Don't your teachers ever eat and or say a prayer before or after meals to bless what has been given?
Are they not allowed to do that??? Most schools here are independent and are run however the principals direct them. The govt just directs the national curriculum, it's really up to the teachers what they are willing to teach outside of that. Of course the govt is not going to sponsor or provide Bibles in schools (which version?) or have it as a seperate compulsory subject, as there aren't any exams on it. Nobody's quizzing you on Bible.
Here the biggest thing is getting Maori to be taught as a language in schools as a core subject. High schools offer French, Japanese and German even Latin but our own native language gets shoved aside. Maori children were banned from speaking it and could only be taught in English, and lost their language as a result. Before the law changed, Maori was the language of instruction in native schools. So they can't say it's 'oh but we have no teachers'. If there's enough French, German and Japanese teachers to have an entire subject at high schools, there ought to be enough Maori teachers in a land that speaks Maori, where French, German and Japanese are not even spoken/used everyday.
If Bible was a core subject, that would be good but I don't recall it ever was.