Look how screwed up our culture is! We rob our children of their childhood and then we wonder why they fail to act like children! We expose them to killing without teaching them that all life is sacred. And we wonder why they are killing each other without remorse.
Many argue that we need to teach our children values. But they use this as an excuse to push their own religious agendas. I say that we can teach them values without forcing a particular religion on them.
We need to teach them that all life is sacred. Instead, we teach them that killing is good, killing is fun, killing is sport.
We need to teach them that all people have value. Instead, we teach them that some people are "better" than others. We divide people into upper-class/lower-class, first-class/second-class, good-Christian/evil-atheistic or Satanic. We need to teach them that all people have good in them, and that we should never underestimate the goodness of another.
We need to teach them self-worth. Too often we allow our children to be victimized by those who are serving their own self-interests. We allow them to have low opinions of themselves and to grow up unable to be responsible for their own actions -- after all, they can always blame those who have control over them, right?
We need to teach them responsibility. When they screw up we help them blame it on someone else, or we try to protect them from the consequences. We need to let them take the blame for their missteps. We need to let them know that everything they do has a consequence -- everything they do makes a difference.