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Group wants songs out of Shenendehowa schools

District told not to teach ‘prayerful’ music

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A watchdog group has asked Shenendehowa schools to stop teaching children “prayerful songs” in its elementary school music classes. The group, Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., has sent three letters to the district asking it to remove the songs from the curriculum, which it says amount to prayer in schools and violate the First Amendment provisions against government-sanctioned religion. The songs are “Thank You for the World So Sweet” and “Now I ...

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August 9, 2012
10:33 a.m.

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Schools are supposed to provide an education. Let's do it! The entire history of music comes from "the church:" Gregorian chant, slave songs, "classical" music from church and the courts. To deny these "prayerful songs" from the music curriculum is to deny children of music education. You can educate without preaching as I have done for many years in my music classes. There is entirely too much regulation of curriculum and too little monitoring of what actually occurs in the classroom.

August 10, 2012
9:50 a.m.

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Go back to Madison Wisconsin and take care of the problems there! We have enough of our own without you adding to them.

August 11, 2012
12:37 p.m.

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If the ACTUAL complainants, the parents, don't want to come forth, then this matter isn't as important to them as they say. Stop hiding behind some out of state group.