How exactly does this brainwashing work? During prayers for 2 minutes every day, or during the couple of events you go through and the prep for that(basically first communion, confession and confirmation(we did a play about the dangers of drugs, which was about 80% of it)) not quite sure how that fits in with brainwashing myself.
It's called conditioning, You live in a CHRISTIAN country, schools of no faith have a CHRISTIAN worship, CHRISTIAN religious programming hits TV. It's all conditioning to lead people to continue to believe in something. It may not be brainwashing, thats what some of the distant uncles on my missus side of the family are into which is all a bit more sinister but just a more extreme version of that.
It was a great point made above, that people would think differently if kids were being marched off to other religious institutions.
I would much rather see religion in schools taught like history, geography or english lit discussing the merits and points of the cases. Understanding traditions and significance of those in world events. Looking at tolerance and understanding and how to accept that other people may not believe in the same version of history, concepts or ideas and that it's OK.
It's also important to understand that a society can function without religious guidance and is capable of it's own moral compass.