Several authors decry the "programming" of the young at the earliest age in the faith of their parents. It is truly a progressive parent who allows a child to make those decisions when they are appropriate for the child. I think this is one area that we could focus on… most parents of all faiths just automatically assume that their children will share their beliefs. This is then supported by the cultural milieus in which they are raised . I suspect that many of us had serious reservations about our early brainwashing, but it was hard to move away from it. College did it for many of us. When I at about 8 years of age asked my mother where heaven was, she parroted what she had heard from some itinerant preacher, "its up there in the sky near the North Star where there are no other stars. If you go through there, you'll get to heaven." (She's now 90 and still believes that). The first semester in college, I took an astronomy course and you know where I swung the telescope! My thought was, "what else did they lie to me about?"
After dedicating 35+ years of my life to public education, I lay a lot of the blame for the current situation right there. We do not teach critical thinking and quite frankly, do a miserable job teaching science at the elementary and secondary levels. Is it any wonder 80-90% of our population believe in a personal God and Intelligent Design? Maybe the schools didn't teach it, but we defaulted to the society and their teachers who probably believed it . I, for one, am very glad the current discussion is taking place in our society.