Pitt County School District To Require Moment Of Silence

Pitt County schools will be a little more quiet this fall, at least for a moment or two every day.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports the county school board voted Monday to require a daily moment of silence for all schools starting with the coming school year.

Board member Worth Forbes first proposed the idea in January. He says students will benefit from the time for silent reflection.

The school board voted 6-4 to approve the policy. Members of the board who voted against the proposal say they would prefer the moment of silence to be optional rather than mandatory.

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Each morning in Pitt County schools could soon begin with a moment of silence. The Pitt County Board of Education is considering the measure and will have its first reading of the policy Monday.

The draft says the moment of silence would foster an environment conducive to learning. Students start the day with focus, and teachers cannot advise kids on what to think about during that time. If a student asks if they should use the moment of silence to pray, the draft of the policy says the teacher should respond that the student may decide on their own how to use that time.

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  • by FedUp! Location: Pitt on Jun 10, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    Thanks to the Pitt County School Board for finally doing something positive!! The only thing better would be if the staff would lead the prayers!
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:14 PM
    I don't see a direct connection between a moment of silence and enforced prayer. I see how it could be a step in that direction, but on its own, it's innocent, and overall a good idea. I have a better one, though. No talking in school except between classes, and in class, only when you're called upon. How's that sound? I mean, kids lived fast when I was a kid in the '80s, but today, they live FAST. We speed them up with TV and video games, and we "treat" them with drugs... I say slow 'em down in school and hope they balance out the rest of the time, it could do wonders for their (our) future.
  • by WOW!! Location: Greenville on Jun 9, 2011 at 08:35 AM
    I'm really amazed at the comments made. I don't have any children in Pitt County Schools yet, but I feel that it would be a great thing to implement. As an adolescent therapist, I have heard numerous stories about some of the insane things that happen in Pitt County Schools. Possibly a time to reflect and focus would help these students make it through the day and not get involved in the disrespect, drug activity, bullying, etc that happens everyday. When we go to work, many of us take the time to compose ourselves and prepare our minds for what we may encounter as the work day goes along, how is this any different for our students?
  • by Dan on Jun 8, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    A more appropriate moment of silence would be, in Mom or dads car, or on the school bus, on the way to school in the morning. Then it is monitored and doesn't interfere with classroom time. Call it what you may, but it is still a way of getting prayer back in schools, under the disguise of calling it "reflection time". At least be honest about it, the kids aren't stupid...
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      by Angie on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to Dan
      Call it prayer, reflecting, or picking your nose for two minutes, what does it hurt. NOTHING. Many kids like to have a few minutes of quiet time to think about the upcoming day.
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    I wonder how they'll measure the effectiveness of this moment of silence- what are the intended outcomes? How will disobedience be addressed and enforced? I think I'm ok with a moment of silent focus, as long as folks aren't pushing prayer on others. Parents need to do that at home or in church.
  • by teacher on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    I would prefer a moment of noise and then spend the rest of the day in silence.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:03 AM in reply to teacher
  • by susan Location: farmville on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    A few points: This is clearly a violation of the separation of church and state...The teachers have enough to worry about without adding this to their burdens....Many parents will be upset and will not want their children to participate as a "moment of silence" implies Christian prayer...How long is a "moment" anyway-is it one minute or five minutes or a nanosecond.
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      by Theresa on Jun 8, 2011 at 12:28 PM in reply to susan
      A moment of silence is just that. You have a choice as to what to do with it. You can pray, you can think about a loved one who has passed, you can consider your future,etc. No one is asking those who do not pray to do it. They can ponder whatever they wish. But denying it because you do not pray is denying others of their rights to use that time in prayer. Nothing wrong with allowing each student to use the moment of silence praying or pondering. Nothing is being forced on anyone except to respect how each other chooses to use the moment of silence. If it were voted on by the people, prayer would be back in school.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM in reply to susan
      You think other cultures who worship whatever God they believe in don't do it in silence. I beg to differ that it IMPLIES Christian Prayer. Maybe you should do some research or go to a college and take a religion class. Either way, reflection is a good thing for everyone. If they choose to spend their moment of silence reflecting, is that so horrible?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    I am very happy with this decision! If it were not for God and our founding forefathers our children wouldn't even have the right to have school. God has protected our country and our kids thus far. Why not give him the praise and admonition that he so rightly deserves! Thank you Lord for your many blessings to me!
  • by Betty on Jun 8, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    I would hope there will be a makeup day for all this wasted school instruction time.
  • by Scotty Location: Greenville on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    I'm with you Dog well put

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