So you'd have a society of people who'd shoot each other for misquoting Shakespeare?
I'm sick to death of this phrase. "Free country" does not equal "run the way I think it should be." If that's the best you can come up with to back up your accusations, then you should seriously rethink your position.
It was never the job of public education to take on the parental role. Ethics can be maintained. Lying, cheating, hurting others, etc. can be grounds for punishment by the school. But morality is subjective according to the beliefs of the teacher and has no place in school.
My son's middle school is failing to teach him how to write. I think he wrote five papers all year in his English class. The teachers don't want to spend time editing essays every weekend because its too much work so they limit the number of writing projects they give to the children. Even then, they edit very little. I was informed that the teachers are afraid of destroying the child's 'self-esteem' because according to the head of curriculum,"If a child sees too many corrections and edits to his paper he will not see himself as a writer and give up. We also no longer use a red pen to edit because the color red is associated with death and blood. This could further upset the child."
I was shocked when I heard this blathering hippy-speak used as an excuse by teachers who are just plain lazy.
No, instead of spending time on improving the writing skills (writing scores drop dramatically in our middle schools) of the students they spend 45 minutes each Wednesday in advisory class where they discuss bullying issues, drug and alcohol related issues, sexual issues, and other topics that have traditionally been the realm of parent and church responsibiities.
I attended public school in California when it was only about education and ethical behavior. My parents took care of the other issues in my life. I don't need or want the school interferring or contradicting what I teach my sons at home.