Talk:Am Govt Midterm

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Top scores:

  • 15/15 - 9 students
  • 14/15 - 3 students
  • 13/15 - 3 students
  • 12/15 - 5 students

Please add your comments, feedback or criticisms of the Am Govt Midterm exam below:

I got 13/15 correct. In my opinion it's a little too easy. KrisS 21:38, 30 December 2012 (EST)

Your score is good. Many of the other scores tonight are lower.--Andy Schlafly 21:48, 30 December 2012 (EST)

I took it for fun and got 15/15. Question 9 should be clarified to refer to school-sponsored prayer, not prayer in school classrooms in general. The law protects students who choose to pray in classrooms without disrupting the educational environment. [1] GregG 21:49, 30 December 2012 (EST)

That's a fantastic score! I've congratulated you on your talk page as well.
As to question 9, your own citation to the Anti-Defamation League states, "vocal denominational or nondenominational prayer, and ceremonial reading from the Bible, are unconstitutional practices in the public school classroom." So (vocal) classroom prayer is prohibited.--Andy Schlafly 22:02, 30 December 2012 (EST)
That was referring to teacher-led Bible readings or prayers; my information comes from the previous section on student prayer. See also the Department of Education on school prayer ("Accordingly, the First Amendment forbids religious activity that is sponsored by the government but protects religious activity that is initiated by private individuals, and the line between government-sponsored and privately initiated religious expression is vital to a proper understanding of the First Amendment's scope. As the Court has explained in several cases, "there is a crucial difference between government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment Clause forbids, and private speech endorsing religion, which the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses protect." (citation omitted)). GregG 10:13, 31 December 2012 (EST)
EDIT The whole linked article has a very good explanation of the law applicable to religion in public schools. It is very good reading for anyone interested in the subject. GregG 10:47, 31 December 2012 (EST)
In practice, there is no classroom prayer, as a direct result of Engel v. Vitale and its zealous enforcement. Public schools simply do not allow classroom prayer anymore. I don't see any examples where it is actually allowed.--Andy Schlafly11:48, 31 December 2012 (EST)

I took this quiz just on a whim this evening, and missed only Q5...due to a *senior moment*. Thanks for the fun quiz!DLMeyer 21:41, 1 January 2013 (EST)