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“The Legislature finds that in today’s hectic society too few persons are able to experience even a moment of quiet reflection before plunging headlong into the activities of daily life,” the bill says. “Young persons are particularly affected by the absence of an opportunity for a moment of quiet reflection. The Legislature finds that our youth, and society as a whole, would be well served if students in the public schools were afforded a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day.”
The House voted 96-20 to approve a similar proposal during the 2020 session, but the Senate did not pass the measure. During the 2020 session, Baxley said a moment of silence could help set a “different tone” for the day.
Under Baxley’s proposal, first-period teachers would have to encourage parents or guardians to discuss with their children how best to use the moment of silence. Teachers would not be allowed to suggest the nature of any silent reflection that students would engage in.
Rep. Carlos Smith, D-Orlando, tweeted Thursday that the bill was “dumb.”
Dumb.— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) December 17, 2020
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