Letter: Support for moment of silence

By on February 24, 2011

Schools across Illinois, including Kaneland, have recently implemented a moment of silence. There are several people who seem to believe that the moment of silence is a bad idea. I disagree.

The first argument against the moment of silence is that it is pointless and a waste of time. While it’s true that it doesn’t seem to be very useful, it’s so short that it doesn’t even register on most kids’ radar. By the time I even start thinking of anything remotely noteworthy, the moment is over. It is usually only 5 to 15 seconds long, which is hardly any amount of time to get worked up over.

Second, there are many people who feel that this moment of silence is a violation of their rights by putting prayer in school. This is not true. No one is forcing anyone to pray. Most kids I know use the time to think about homework, lunch, a fight with a friend, or a funny TV show, among a number of other topics that have nothing to do with prayer. It’s not like the announcement comes on saying, “Would you now join me for a schoolwide prayer to begin our day.” It simply offers students the opportunity to pray if they wish. It’s not disruptive, and more importantly, it’s not required.

The moment of silence can be a good or bad thing, depending on your attitude. If we think about it as what it is—a moment for students to just have a moment to clear their minds and think about a topic of their choosing before the day—it will surely be less distressing.

Brittany Larsen
Kaneland High School