Well as I've been out of school a while, only time I remember God coming up was during the Pledge of Allegiance which was done every morning. I now have teenagers who I've asked them if they still do the Pledge of Allegiance and they do. But they aren't required to say it as I was when I was in school. So I guess my geographical location must be different from rest of people on here that are getting upset about the Pledge of Allegiance. Is there really more teaching of religion during school outside of the Pledge of Allegiance? So the difference in 20 years I've noticed from my school experiences to present day based on what my own kids are experiencing are this: 1. Cell Phones-why kids need these in a learning environment, I have no idea. Most teenagers can't hold a face to face conversation anymore. The simple art of communication being done verbally is becoming extinct. 2. Discipline. A student has all the rights and the teacher has very little. Seems backwards but many a parent now a days would rather their perfect child be held unaccountable for their behavior or actions during school hours. 3. Respect. I was raised to respect my elders. Yeah some old folks are grouchy, but being respectful goes along ways. It's funny how the youth today don't realize what sacrifices their elders gave for this country to have all the liberties and freedoms they have today. All generations will be marked by their respective impacts on society at the time. But I'm not seeing where saying the Pledge of Allegiance has led us to where we are at today. From my humble observations religion is "uncool" in this new generation and most kids today aren't pushing it to be an agenda. But if religion makes people have a little more common decency towards their fellow citizens, I wish more practiced it in one form or fashion. At the end of the day religions are based on good moral and values with the fanatical branches being the ones giving religion a bad taste in our mouths.