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Silent time at school beneficial to students

Silent time at school beneficial to students

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On Oct. 11 a new law was passed stating every public school in Illinois must have a moment of silence. The new law, giving kids the choice of prayer, reflection of the day or relaxation, has caused many parents and kids to become concerned.

People are saying the law is just for prayer, and that it is pointless; I disagree with both of those statements.

The new law states that you can pray, reflect or relax. It nowhere says that it is based solemnly on prayer, which many people seem to think.

Yes, kids can pray if they want, but it is not mandatory. I can see why parents and kids might be upset with this law because of prayer, but they can just choose not to pray.

"Our children today are bombarded by noise," Rep. Monique Davis says. The point of this moment, according to Davis, is, "to just have a moment in a child's life where he or she can be guaranteed a moment of silence. We don't want to give them that?"

I agree. We go through the whole day listening to music, teachers, friends and distractions and never really get a break to just sit back and relax, which this law is offering.

Besides, we all need some peace and quiet once in a while.

Chelsea Demont

Bloomington

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