Teaching History: Ignorance is Not Bliss
September 30, 2011
Statistics are proving that even college kids wish they had a better education.
According to Anne D. Neal, whose “Letter to the Editor,” is in the Wall Street Journal today: “A recent Roper survey found that 70% of Americans believe that colleges and Universities should require all students to take basic classes in core subjects such as writing, math, science, economics, U.S. History and a foreign language. That number spikes to 80% among 25 to 34 year olds those recently surveyed out of college who find that their diploma is often not worth the paper it’s printed on.”
Note that U.S history is in the mix. I am a fervent believer that our students must know about their country’s rich heritage and have a thorough understanding about the United States Constitution that goes beyond just reciting the Preamble.
I am aghast about how many Americans think of the Constitution as, “well, uhh, freedom of speech…” The Bill of Rights is of paramount importance but all of them, plus the amendments, go asunder if the 7 Articles of the Constitution are not comprehended and thus, respected.
One cannot respect what one does not understand.
If the checks and balances, and brilliant separation of powers, falter, usurpation inevitably follows and another form of government will prevail: tyranny, socialism.. The coveted Bill of Rights will then be forfeited and Americans will be stunned – “how did this happen?”
Ignorance is not bliss. This, however, is how many progressive want the American public, and especially the upcoming generations – ignorant regarding U.S. History as it was, not as it is, “revised,” and most certainly ignorant regarding the founding principles and the relevancy and vitality of the Constitution.
John Adams said, “Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.”
If we are not going to learn U.S History in our schools, then we must teach ourselves and our prodigy. I have. I realized my lack of “education” and started a journey, a quest for knowledge, that has resulted in launching a foundation, “Constituting America.”
I read American History books voraciously. The one I am reading now and I highly recommend is The Essential American by Jackie Gingrich Cushman. It is a “Patriot Resource” and has “25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Know.”
Sit down at the dinner table with this book, whether alone or with family and/or friends. I have found it to be so delightful it has inspired 4 of my essays this week. (You may scroll down to read them.)
In conclusion, the more I learn, the more I want to share it, the more I yearn for our children to know about it. America is the last best hope. Let not the flame of liberty falter under our watch. Our voice at the schools, our vote in the elections, our mission of seeking truth will save our Republic.
Have you read your Constitution today?
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