There's nothing I like more than opening the "Most E-Mailed Articles" in the NY Times and seeing something about freaky evangelicals trying to push their values on poor, unsuspecting children. From Swarthmore to Stanford, e-mails hearld in the latest red state injustice: "Hindu and Jewish children in rural Mississippi forced into Christian Madrasses." This time, it's Texas. Schools in Odessa, Texas are teaching an 'elective' course on the Bible.
Teaching religious texts in classrooms might not be a bad idea, especially since they're used to justify blowing up everything from Iraqi Markets to Abortion Clinics, and Americans should understand the basis for the insanity around us. However, that liberals are surprised conservatives are trying to manipulate public schools system is itself suprising. Taking a nod from Berkeley-ites, who train 4th graders a 'how-to' for putting condoms on fellow classmates with their mouths, conservatives realized what Hippies and Mullahs realized long ago. The next natural battle-ground for America's culture war is the classroom: Don't surrender schools to the left.
Sadly, there is no neat resolution to this little problem. Imagine if everyone were permitted to have their own schools where they could incubate all manner of insanity into the minds of impressionable youth. Within two generations, lynching gays would be legal in Alabama and Texas would become a break-away republic. At least when the schools are public, wackos can be forced back into their caves by public opinion, civil law, and that pain-in-the-ass Constitution of the United States.
Public schools were always the great guarantor of America's melting pot of cultures and ideas. They might not accomplish the education part of the mission, but at least they provide a good platform for this message: You speak English, you're an American and You have Rights. For everything else cultural, there are churches, coffee shops, and weeknights with "The OC."