September 22, 2015
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Parents, please beware: this school advertises themselves as “non-sectarian,” but they are not. In the education world, “non-sectarian” effectively means “secular” – as it is impossible to present religiously-neutral instruction on “God.” We enrolled our child at this school thinking that matters of faith would be kept out of school.
We only found out, after 4 mornings of orientation prior to the start of school, that the school mandates all children memorize and recite two Christian prayers each day: (1) Morning Prayer: “God in heaven, to thee we pray, asking Thy help, day by day. In all we say, in all we do, make us kind and generous too. Make us eager in our work today, make us joyous in our play. Help us always, follow Thy rules, God in heaven, bless our school. Amen.” and (2) Snack/Lunch Prayer: “God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His hands, we all our fed, give us Lord our daily bread. Amen.”
To make matters worse, we only found out about the prayer practice after our 6-year-old daughter mentioned to us that “all the kids had to do a church thing today.” If they recited the prayers, they earned gold coins – to be used toward a treasure box prize.
Our family is not Christian. We are Hindu - the 3rd largest religious group in the world. In any case, we firmly believe matters of faith should not be presented or discussed to young, impressionable children without parental consent. At no point during the initial parent visit, subsequent testing, signing of documents, or at any time whatsoever, were we as parents informed of either the content or existence of the prayer.
- submitted by a parent