Not back yet, but I have a minute to post what is on my mind.
"It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights - the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery - hay and a barn for human cattle." - Alexis De Tocqueville (1802-1859)
In my state a youth is not seen as having a concept of right or wrong until they are twelve years old.
In my state, unless there is compelling evidence anyone under eighteen is not considered an adult, their criminal record is sealed after they turn eighteen.
Most public schools prohibit religious education as a separation of church and state - and a protection of young minds not ready for weighty decisions. In essence - let the kids decide when they are older.
These same collectivist organizations have kids, at five years of age or younger, recite a public loyalty oath to the state every morning.
Perhaps those young minds do absorb and make choices - and that is the reason to indoctrinate children in worship of and dedication to the state.
It sure makes for a more compliant citizenry, helps recruit soldiers, and consequently creates quietly desperate wage slave employees.
"We've been thoroughly trained in government institutions where every day for twelve of our most impressionable years we took a loyalty oath before starting our work." - Hal O'Boyle