I'm in total agreement with Midnightsun...who, is in fact correct, something is wrong with our society when behavior, as she described with her neighbors is acceptable to the people involved and it ties in with moral values & parental guidence, which was transfered to her neighbors from their parents, and so forth, which is a very common chain that can be broken and must.
I certainly did not obtain moral values from my parental guidence, more so, from neighbors who cared, and surrgated me...teachers and Sunday School were also a large contribution.
I ached to go to Sunday School b/c it was to me, a different culture, not to mention, one that made a lot of sense. While growing up...I had no structural morals taught to me, except by teachers & role models, who cared and took me under their wings so to speak, they were good role models which led me to believe my mother was wrong, without anyone saying so, quite frankly to this day, those people quite literally saved my life and I owe them an awful lot. So, I've tried to live my life appropriately, so as, not to cause them any pain and/or embarrasement. I respected them, it was a place to go, and people to be with, and wanted to do nothing to upset the apple cart so to speak.
Yes, definately, values should be taught in school, and teachers shouldn't be afraid to say, drugs, violence, sex is wrong, children should also be taught what abuse is...not a spanking, but down right abuse, sexual abuse, should also be taught, and I'm a firm believer, there should be moral educational classes for parents, as well...
we've unfortunately slipped, and become a society that thrives on fear, we lack education, and the ability to think for ourselves...we need approval from society to be accepted, even if their views are wrong. Our children receive their beliefs and values from their environment, and if their environment consists of nothing but TV, Video Games, babysitters (child care) or abusive parents, the moral structure of family, respect, quality of life, the importance of rules, is broken...and children grow up, unfortunately to live their lives by impulse, which means, anything goes and will continue to pass their faults and beliefs down to their children.
We need to teach our children about being open minded, to evaluate opinion, and not to be follows, we need to teach them confidence and that its ok to think for themselves...we need to teach them, that being rich is not a goal if it means cheating people, which is stealing...we need to teach them, that they don't have to look like a model, or act like Mike Tyson to be accepted, and to be able to stand up against those values and say, THIS IS WRONG and I'll not follow. We are not here to hurt people, to step on people to get ahead, or compromise our values just to be liked or accepted.
We need to teach them to work together as a team, not to isolate for the sake of job protection...and not to sit in front of the TV set and learn their beliefs from media or motion pictures. We need to teach them that love is not fantasy, or a way to be taken care of...and they need to be dependent of co-dependancy and society when laws are broken...they need to know, it's unacceptable to touch another person bringing forth any harm...and that gangs of violence has to be broken...b/c if we don't, we've not done our jobs or fulfilled our purpose as human beings...this is not to be ignored....and is of upmost importance to the survival of our race. The chain of complete right and left must be broken, and they must once again learn to speak up when something or someone does wrong...regardless of that person's stature in society...laws must be obeyed, laws must be changed to once again protect the innocent...it's not ok, to take bribs, it's not ok to accept pay off's and it's not ok, to expect payment for a job that is not done properly. It's not ok to reward bad behavior...and it's not ok to gossip and point fingers. Most of all, they must be taught when they do something wrong to not lie, but to admit it which is the first step to correcting the problem.
Thanks for the opportunity of this thread. I to, apologize for rambling.