Frankly, it doesn't seem to me to matter very much whether or not children are subjected to religious instruction in school; let's get that settled right at the beginning. The curriculum of most schools includes a number of items of fairly minimal importance; the history of the middle ages, for example, doesn't add much to the sum of relevant human knowledge for the late 20th century. Although most children by the age of about eight know by heart the story of Moses in the bullrushes, and you could argue that if they're going to learn anything by heart at least it could be something of more enduring value, it's also true that most children of the same age are full to the brim with King Arthur, Robin Hood and a host of other popular legendary characters right down to Janet and John.
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