While across America, it is hard to nail down a "day" that prayer was removed from schools, June 25, 1962 could certainly be considered the closest thing to that day. The ongoing contention started when Steven Engel, a Jewish New Yorker, came together with other parents in 1958 to sue New York State over state-endorsed prayer that was being recited in schools. The Supreme Court inevitably sided with Engel and the decision was issued on June 25, 1962 — a day that lives in infamy in the minds of many religious individuals and free-speech advocates. -Billy Hallowell
Many would say that this decision ultimately led to the court's decision to ban Bible reading and to allow teaching evolution the next year.
At this point, I think about the words that my friend Sean, a high school teacher, uttered a few weeks ago at dinner. "Many Christians claim the problem is the day that prayer was removed from school, but the real problem is that next day, all these Christians families ushered their kids off to school just the same as they would any other day. The problem had started long before the day that prayer was removed from schools."
So, what was the problem that had started long before the day that prayer was removed from schools? Christians elevating their will to accomplish the American Dream over God's will for their family.
At this point the lifestyle that two incomes afforded or the lifestyle associated with sending your kids to school was too valuable to withhold your kids from a education system that you disagreed with. Had believers (at that point representative of conservatively 80% of the U.S. population) pulled their kids out of the system, it would have had to change. But, the possibility of compromising lifestyle was too dangerous of a risk for most of these families and we continued to head in the direction that we are in today.
I will address homeschooling vs. public schooling and both parents working tomorrow but regardless of your thoughts on those two things; Do you value your responsibility to care for your children, teach them about God and equip them for His mission more than you value your lifestyle?