Regardless of the individual belief in whether or not to accept the Bible literally, one should read the Bible as a source of excellent advice. For example: Spare the rod and spoil the child.
We have spared the rod and spoiled at least two generations of American children. These children think nothing of ethics. They have little or no understanding of the difference between right and wrong. Therefore, they cannot act morally.
Young Americans of today think it is OK to lie, cheat, betray trust, fornicate, steal and commit adultery -- remember the Long Island Lolita? Our children have unrealistic expectations and a sense of entitlement.
How do we solve these problems? Use fair and consistent discipline, which need not be brutal or even physical. Teach the children well to work hard and play fair, and to remember the Golden Rule.