I went through the Canal Zone government school system. Mondays through Fridays we faced the flag, which was in every classroom, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang a patriotic song. The song depended on the grade level. For example, what six graders sang was more complicated than what first graders sang.
Sundays were for Sunday school or whatever one chose to do outside the school system concerning religion. Period.
To this day, I have never, ever understood and do not accept forcing prayers into the public school system by overzealous religious people who want to impose their beliefs on everybody else.
That is what Sunday school is for. Public schools are public and not private institutions and not some arm of a religious group.
How would these same religious groups like to be forced to pray Muslim prayers in public schools?
Can I help you understand that having a god=free ( godless) school is NOT religiously neutral?
Fundamentally, a religiously neutral education is impossible. Every school must choose between two religious worldviews: God-centered or godless. Neither is religiously neutral in curriculum and policy content or in consequences for the child and the nation.
God-free ( Godless) schools force children who have a specific faith to think in a godless manner and/or to compartmentalize their faith. Godless schools establish the religion of secular humanism.
I do understand that you did attend godless government schools. It has been my experience that many who have attended godless government schools simply have a very hard time wrapping their minds around the idea that their schools were not, never have been, and can not be religiously neutral.