Today, I used the daily moment of silence to think about how to write this letter. (I’ll have to assume that the legislators didn’t intend that to be the original purpose of the moment of silence).
I really can’t see the point of a moment of silence. Prayer, maybe? Who wants to pray in the public eye? Contemplation of the day’s activities? I don’t know about other students, but I have used my moment of silence to contemplate what I am going to have for lunch that day or whether or not I left my car keys in my locker.
It’s totally redundant to waste even five seconds of every day with something that probably a small number of students actually appreciate and use. It only seems to last five seconds, but that’s five seconds that I could be doing something valuable.
For most students it seems to simply be a time to stop talking and stare at the ceiling for a moment, and to me, that seems like a waste of time that could be used for class.
I’m not an atheist, but I feel no need to pray during school. I come here to learn (and because the state says I have to), not because I want or need to pray every morning.
Kaneland High School