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Old Yesterday, 07:58 PM
 
Location: SW Virginia
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Another Boomer. We had Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of Silent Meditation in public High School. Probably the same in the lower grades, but I can't recall as clear.
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Old Yesterday, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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No prayer in my school in the early 60s in Pennsylvania.

I'm assuming that when people talk about prayer in public schools, they're thinking Christian prayer. That would have been awkward in my kindergarten class because 6 or 7 of the kids were Jewish.
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Old Yesterday, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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From Wikipedia:

"In 1960, 42 per cent of school districts nationwide tolerated or required Bible reading, and 50 per cent reported some form of homeroom daily devotional exercise."

The Supreme Court outlawed school prayer in 1963, but in my school it was practiced at least until 1969 (IIRC). Many schools, particularly in the deeply religious South, simply ignored the directive for a time. I wouldn't doubt that, in some isolated school districts somewhere in the South, it's still going on. I recall an old "60 Minutes" episode on this, in which the principal of a school that still practiced daily prayer was asked why he was openly flouting the law. He replied "Because this is who we are".
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Old Yesterday, 09:10 PM
 
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Went to Catholic school thru 6th grade and had class prayer. 7th on was public school and no school prayer. Same age as OP but grew up in NJ.
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Old Yesterday, 09:21 PM
 
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I'm 59, and grew up in the rural South. When I was in grade school (public school, BTW) in the 1960's, we started every school day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Obviously, school prayer was ruled unconstitutional in time. This was the Bible Belt of course, and everyone participated. It was just a part of life at that time.

Interestingly, I've found that some people (mainly 20- and 30-somethings, it seems) refuse to believe that such as school prayer ever happened outside of a religious school. It seems to be something that today's youngsters have trouble wrapping their minds around (which puzzles me, too).

Any of you 50-somethings (or older) ever have prayer in public school? I can't be the Lone Ranger here.
I think you are just meeting naive young ones.

My kids know that some schools said prayers.....that's why they have a moment of silence now....so that those that need to pray can and those that don't want to don't have to.
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Old Yesterday, 09:21 PM
 
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I'm 33, and I spent a large part of my school years in Georgia (as well as other states). We had the moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegince. We never had school prayer.
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Old Today, 12:05 AM
 
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I'm 59, and grew up in the rural South. When I was in grade school (public school, BTW) in the 1960's, we started every school day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Obviously, school prayer was ruled unconstitutional in time. This was the Bible Belt of course, and everyone participated. It was just a part of life at that time.

Interestingly, I've found that some people (mainly 20- and 30-somethings, it seems) refuse to believe that such as school prayer ever happened outside of a religious school. It seems to be something that today's youngsters have trouble wrapping their minds around (which puzzles me, too).

Any of you 50-somethings (or older) ever have prayer in public school? I can't be the Lone Ranger here.
Then where is Tonto?
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Old Today, 12:20 AM
 
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I actually find the pledge more offensive. Nothing like making tots swear loyalty to a government. It's garbage they're too young to even understand.
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Old Today, 07:18 AM
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I actually find the pledge more offensive. Nothing like making tots swear loyalty to a government. It's garbage they're too young to even understand.
Its been shown to instill patriotism at an early age, so I'm all on board with it. Especially when the alternative for many seems to be a disgraceful hatred of this great nation.
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Old Today, 07:34 AM
 
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I'm 59, and grew up in the rural South.
I am so sorry for you.

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When I was in grade school (public school, BTW) in the 1960's, we started every school day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Obviously, school prayer was ruled unconstitutional in time. This was the Bible Belt of course, and everyone participated. It was just a part of life at that time.

Interestingly, I've found that some people (mainly 20- and 30-somethings, it seems) refuse to believe that such as school prayer ever happened outside of a religious school. It seems to be something that today's youngsters have trouble wrapping their minds around (which puzzles me, too).

Any of you 50-somethings (or older) ever have prayer in public school? I can't be the Lone Ranger here.
Of course we did. We all did.
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