What a great Idea, now 11 states have a mondatory 1 minute of silence! There are the athesists who are protesting that is not right because it promotes prayer in school. Well to that I say screw you, It doesn't promote anything except to stop and be quiet for a moment, there is no request for the students to pray or to do anything except be quiet for a moment. The student can think about what ever they want, whether it be lost love ones, how to pass a test later on, what they are going to do after school, honor a fallen hero, or even pray if they want to in silence. I think children need to be quiet once in a while and it is a good thing. In todays world there is always a fast paced something going on and children's brains are attacked from all sides, with TV, radio, cell phones, computers and just the fast pace of everything around them. It is a good thing to set for a moment in silence and catch their breath. So to all you athesists, muslims, budists, or human rights activists "SHUT UP"...for a moment..