On Monday,Â a federal appeals court upheld a Texas law that requires public school students to observe a daily minute of silence.
The language of the law that was contested by a small group of Dallas area parents states that the minuteÂ is meantÂ to allow students to “reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity that is not likely to interfere with or distract another student”.
The parents claim the law “does harm” to their children, andÂ they maintain that including the word â€œprayâ€ in the mandatory moment of silence is a way for lawmakers to advance religion in schools.
Do you agree with the court’s finding that the law is contitutional, or do you side with the parents bringing the suit? Do you see any benefits to having a minute of silence each morningÂ in publicÂ schools? Any drawbacks?