I'm a JW and in school I remember getting in trouble for talking about religion. Even though I was older and me and the other kid both wanted to have the conversation...wasnt handing out tracts. We dont believe in hell at all...so there was nothing "scary" in our conversation....the girl I was talking to was Mormon and we both just liked to talk. The teacher would always tell us to talk about something different. I dont see how our convo with EACH OTHER willingly was hurting anyone.
My son is in public school now and general public school is highly religious IMO. At every holiday (which most are based on some religious belief) its weeks worths of holiday based assignments. Christmas trees, santa, "oh holy night" songs, halloween, easter eggs, valentines parties, the list just goes and goes and goes. I heard a kindy teacher asking the students what the tree on top of the christmas tree was for...the kid didnt give her the answer she wanted and she said "NOPE" and I was thinking "hmmm, not cool!" What she was teaching was HER OWN religious belief and interpretation of the story...to five year olds. So I went and asked. I told her I thought there was a separation of church and state? She said "this is standard curriculum for public education." Religion is allowed in school, so long as you are a majority religion.
If you are jewish, JW, pagan, pan african.....well too bad for us, our kids will be regularly pressured to do assignments based on majority religion. Granted we cant even say WHY we dont want our kids doing those things because THEN they will pull the no religion at school card.
It's really not appropriate for them to be doing all these religious holiday based assignments in schools, but I do see the idea that they're going for is to ave the kids do assignments based around holidays that are exciting to them, if that makes sense? Christmas, for instance... many (or most?) kids are thinking and talking about it for all of december anyway, so it's technically a good teaching tactic to have them do their assignments based on their obvious interests. It doesn't change that it's not fair to the rest of the kids, though, and not really appropriate since it's "normalizing" christianity, and leaving everyone else out in the cold.