Conservative religionists like to claim there is an alarming 'values deficit' in our schools. Not so. I just came across the following resource available for Australian school teachers, one that encapsulates pretty neatly the sort of values I would like to see inculcated into the next generation of young Australians.
Values and democratic society
The moral and ethical values of a society determine what people think is right and wrong. The laws of a society also reflect the values of the majority of citizens in that society. As a society changes or its values change, new laws will develop. In a democracy, citizens will pressure the government to amend or introduce new laws that better reflect the changing values of the society.