“Once more with feeling…..”

Good Morning!

Looking at my calendar this morning, my husband and I are in our 67th day of staying home except for doctor appointments and me getting our necessities. Now, let me add, my husband is high risk, so I am being appropriately careful.That is called, acting wisely, regardless of outside limitations placed on me!!!

Judging from what I see on social media and the responses I received, I know that I am not the only one who has been very troubled by some the decisions that have been made to control our lives and how Constitutional the decisions are that have been made.

If we expect our Constitution to followed, those making the decisions have to have studied and understand the Constitution, especially going forward.

So……”once more with feeling…..” let us at least make sure our students are getting what they need to protect this country and the freedoms we are suppose to have and enjoy.

Americans Are Academically Ill-Equipped to Defend the Constitution 

Apr 14th, 2020 Commentary By  Angela Sailor,Vice President, The Feulner Institute; Lindsey M. Burke, Ph.D.Director, Center for Education Policy

republic, if you can keep it,” Benjamin Franklin allegedly quipped when asked what type of government the Constitutional Convention had crafted for the United States. More than two centuries later, astonishingly low levels of civic literacy suggest Americans are academically ill-equipped to do so.

Just 23 percent of American eighth-graders are proficient in civics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). That figure falls to nine percent and 12 percent for African American and Hispanic students, respectively. Eighth graders fare even worse in U.S. history, with just 18 percent scoring proficient on the most recent administration of the test.

This civic illiteracy carries over into the adult years. The Annenberg Public Policy Center has found that just two in five Americans can name all three branches of government; one in five cannot name a single branch.

Former Pepperdine University President David Davenport was astonished to discover students pursuing a masters of public policy who had never read the Constitution.

Civics should be considered essential content in high schools. Instead, these basics have been cast aside for a politicized “action” civics which focuses on neighborhood organizing and engagement with special interest groups, rather than a civics education that leads to thoughtful and engaged citizenship.

One need look no further than the politicized efforts of the New York Times’ “1619 project,” which seeks to relocate America’s founding from 1776 to 1619 when the first slaves arrived from Africa. Its lesson plans suggest teachers question whether American was founded “not as a democracy but as a slavocracy.” In less than eight months, the program has been adopted in some 3,500 public schools across the country.

By failing to develop civic literacy and politicizing civics instruction, schools are falling down in their responsibility to equip students for civil society, particularly as it pertains to civic duty and character.

So what can be done to change course? Efforts to improve civic literacy should come from civil society. Unfortunately, a new report suggests Americans should look elsewhere-to the federal government.

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