What makes you think that prayer in schools would protect children more than prayer in churches does? Children are raped in churches. Religiosity is positively correlated with a loss of social cohesion and increasing violence.What would have been different? What are some statistics on children when prayer was taken out of school?
From http://www.topix.com/forum/topstories/TOCO8TE... :
"Paul found that secular societies have lower rates of violence and teenage pregnancy than societies where many people profess belief in God.
"All this information points to a strong correlation between faith and antisocial behavior -- a correlation so strong that there is good reason to suppose that religious belief does more harm than good.
"Faith tends to weaken rather than strengthen peoples ability to participate in society ... Consciously or subconsciously, those who are "born again" or "chosen" have diminished respect for others who do not share their sect or their faith. Convinced that only the Bible offers "truth", they lose their intellectual curiosity and their ability to reason. Their priority becomes not the world they live in but themselves."
[Original source : "Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies" by from Gregory Paul http://moses.creighton.edu/jrs/2005/2005-11.p...
The less religion, the better.