Now that Illinois has mandated a moment of silence in public school classrooms, you can hear the complaints loud and clear.
Will Okun, a Chicago school teacher, has a great response in The New York Times:
Boy, are our legislators busy. I teach in an overcrowded classroom with Xeroxed books, no computers and limited supplies in a city where the black male graduation rate hovers significantly below 50 percent. And they give us silence?…
Instead of addressing the social conditions, funding shortfalls and inadequate schools that have caused the tragic state of education in America’s low-income communities, our legislators are instead promoting disguised prayer as their priority.
As one Illinois superintendent was quoted as saying, “We pray every day — that they [lawmakers] approve sending us our money.”
(Thanks to Joe for the link!)