End compulsory prayer in British public schools
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Under existing laws, schools have a statutory duty to ensure pupils take part “each school day in an act of collective worship”. Parents in England and Wales have a right to withdraw their child from such services, but this is not the case in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Although many schools keep collective worship to only once a week for a pupil.In secular schools the worship must be “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character”. This also applies to academies, free schools and foundations school. This clearly ostracizes children of other faiths and atheist.
Children should be taught critical thinking, allowing them to make informed decisions on what faith they want to follow or abandon faith entirely.
Compulsory prayer of the Christian faith is insulting to all who aren't Christian, prayer should not be forced, students of faith should pray during spare time instead of having everyone forced to do it.
So, what's the solution? It would not take much, the legislation could be scrapped or it could be reformed to instead have a compulsory minute of reflection and thought during which, students of faith are free to pray.
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