No, our moral and spiritual crisis is the manifestation of a society where children are urged by the dominant economic and cultural institutions to pursue a shallow materialism, to seek selfish advantage over others, to care little about growing social inequities, and to celebrate power, status, and violence. Whatever their pious rhetoric, our political leaders are the guardians and guarantors of this system. Public education may mediate our society's cultural values, but it is not the source of the moral crisis they embody. And private religious schools, whether Jewish or any other faith, are almost certainly not the solution Rabbi Boteach makes them out to be.

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