It is my opinion that you are correct on the fact that morals and ethics should be taught in schools. They should start in preschool and continue through the highest levels of education. Regarding the issue of religion in schools, I disagree.
The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (knowledge)” Where we disagree is in which Religion to allow to shape the minds of our children. Now I am a follower of Jesus and believe his teachings lead to a proper ethical and moral direction in my life.
Many do not agree with me, especially here in America where everyone seems to believe that you can do your own thing as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.
I’ve had the privilege to be in other countries, Europe, Turkey, India, and Africa, and have observed the ethical and moral decay in certain segments of those societies as well.
We have seen the decline of ethical and moral standards, especially in the western world and I don’t believe that just teaching right and wrong in schools will eradicate the problem.
It is also an issue as to whom we look to for the definition of moral and ethical practice.
It will take a change in a person’s heart, as it did for me, to turn them from immoral to moral purity.