Prayer was a common practice in colonial American schools. This tradition continued after U. S. independence and flourished into the nineteenth century. When historical forces changed education, diverse populations often disagreed on what religious practice to follow in schools. However, much of the United States retained school prayer. On th basis of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, public schools are prohibited from sponsoring religious observances such as daily prayer.
However, prayer itself is not forbidden while at school. The courts have consistently ruled that students’ expressions of religious views through prayer or otherwise cannot be abridged unless it cause substantial disruption in the school.