Having a steady faith is very important for young children growing up in today’s society. Many parents now put their children in daycares provided by their community church. In this way, the ideals of the religion are instilled in the child.
Things get trickier when the child goes to public school because of the current controversy of allowing faith in the classroom. It boils down to separation of church and state, meaning keep the education level high but don’t focus on any religious affiliation. Saying the Lord’s prayer at the beginning of the school day is gone because it excludes children of other belief systems. Religion is always a sensitive subject because each person of a different ideal feels passionately about their faith. The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer spoken in public schools because of its reference to “One God”. Teachers are not allowed to have bibles out on their desks, either. Taking these things out of the public school system were major turns of events but also showed how much of a Christian based systems schools were. Though this all adheres to demonstrating tolerance for everyone’s faith, devout Christians feel oppressed by the exclusion of things that illustrate their religion.
There is the argument that having no faith teachings in the school promotes low morals and atheist mentality. This isn’t true and numerous religious clubs are set up in schools for kids of all faith to connect and pray with like-minded individuals. Religion is still taught in schools but must incorporate all belief systems so a broader understanding of different faiths is given. Kids can still pray but simply do so quietly to themselves so as not to disturb someone who may not believe in the same religion.
This will continue to be a much controversial topic for years to come.