Yes, but you have to look hard, say Christians who teach in them.

The nation’s public schools are dens of secular humanism, say many conservative preachers. But just how true is that? Are there any local public school districts where Christian values are still taught?

The Christian Educators Association is an organization of Christians who teach in public schools. Recently they gathered for a convention in Roseville, Minnesota, and interviews showed that many Christian teachers do indeed have a difficult time conveying any of their Christian beliefs. Others, however, find the door wide open. This is truer, as might be expected, in rural school districts. But one teacher, working in a poor Chicago school, finds parents very eager to have him instill Christian values during after-school meetings with troubled students.

In short, many Christian teachers find themselves boxed in by court rulings on church and state separation. But since school districts are controlled locally, prevailing attitudes apply, and the situation is not the same in all parts of the country.

Maybritt Urback is an elementary school teacher from suburban Minneapolis, and she didn’t mince words about the attitude in her district. “I don’t feel comfortable anymore in my school,” she confessed. “A moral climate worse than 10 or 15 years ago exists.” To drive this feeling home, she mentioned how not long ago she asked her class of second graders, “If you had one wish of what you’d like to do with your life, what would it be?” A seven-year-old boy said he wanted to be a doctor so he could look at all the nude girls. He was drawing pictures of nude girls and showing them to other little boys in the classroom. Urback told the boy’s mother, and found out he’d been ...

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