On Sunday, Americans will celebrate Independence Day. On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress (Independence was actually declared by the Congress on July 2nd) and 245 years later, America and the Constitution that guides it are still standing.
However, if America is to be here for another 245 years, some things are going to have to change before it’s too late.
With every passing year, our educational system teaches less and less about civics and the uniqueness of the American republican experiment, and instead is shoveling Marxist curriculums, Critical Race Theory, and fake history like The 1619 Project down the throats of today’s youth.
Instead of learning basic civics, American history, and patriotism, students today are being taught to hate this country. They are only being taught about the sins of this nation, and not the blessings it has bestowed on generations of Americans and millions of others around the globe.
In his farewell address to the nation, President Reagan warned of an erosion of the American spirit when he said, “If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.”
Sadly, the observation he made in 1989 is more relevant now than it was then. That is a sad reflection on our education system and basic humanity.
I was fortunate enough to go to a good public school where I learned about the principles that undergird our country. I learned that America was unique and that there has never been another nation like it in the history of the world, founded on an idea, not ambition. The Declaration of Independence is the greatest founding document in human history. Although we haven’t always lived up to the immortal words stating that “All Men are Created Equal,” that striving for equality under the law has always been at the core of what it means to be an American. It is who we are.
Self-government and a right to life, liberty, and property are uniquely American. Our Founding Fathers established this great nation and entrusted to future generations to keep this Republic. Unfortunately, we stand at a crossroads: We either reject radical ideologies that seek to obliterate Liberty, or we perish.
Critical Race Theory teaches white students that they are racist simply for being born white. They must be deprogrammed of their inherent and subconscious racism, and the education system will act as the indoctrination mechanism for the rewiring of the youth.
Schools and universities have become cultural Marxist indoctrination camps instead of houses of learning that help inspire students to strive for a better life by equipping them with the skills needed to reach their dreams.
There is an easy solution to fixing the American curriculum: Teach both the good and the bad about America’s history.
Two things can be true at once.
America is a great nation dedicated to individual liberty, but also hasn’t always lived up to its founding creed that “all men are created equal.”
There, problem solved.
A return to teaching basic civics and an emphasis on the uniqueness of America can help stall the moral decay of our nation.
That doesn’t mean that the ugly periods of American history shouldn’t be taught, but it does mean that our educators should emphasize how the Constitution provided the mechanisms for those dark eras to be overcome.
That is the true history of America. Overcoming our mistakes to form a more perfect union is the dominant theme of the 245-year story that is America.
If we fail to teach the true story of America, then the country is in danger of fulfilling Lincoln’s prophecy. Lincoln once said, “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we will live forever or die by suicide.”
Let’s pray Lincoln’s prophesy never comes true, or all will be lost indeed.