Finally – it’s Founding Father’s Quotes Friday – and anymore these articles and the research that goes along with producing them is definitely the high point of our week, insofar as for some reason what the American founders did although unequaled in modern history seems and feels something like a safe haven.
This is because when we prepare and produce a post, that amount of focus that goes into the “why” and “how” is like treasured little morsels that goes down to the deepest pit of our being. Surely one could refer to this as bliss, or even more so as a dessert that is perfectly proportioned that tops off a great meal – just before the port and coffee. Are you familiar with that sense of contentment that comes after participating in something you love? Well that’s how it is with the Founders and us.
Just about every person we’ve come into contact with – at the mere mention of “education system in the U.S.” – immediately start gawking and can give all sorts of reasons why they believe it is a disaster. People on the inside of academia normally are quite quiet unless they’re with other educator’s o-n-l-y. Be that as it may our posture is in the lowered bar for acceptable standards of learning; or in other words where the “political correctness” dominates the learning. Let’s site some examples:
Children growing up in the 1950s were taught the Pledge of Allegiance as early as the first grade – and one knew that it had better be memorized because one fine morning you were going to be called on to either recite or lead the entire class in that days ‘Pledge.’ Ironically as one got older it became time to memorize the Star Spangled Banner, and then the small list of 30 or so prepositions so when writing one could immediately find any of the phrases. There was a reason for what was taught, how it was taught, and why it was taught. If one develops memory and ‘rote’ skills early enough then how adept are they likely to be at remembering various formulas, postulates, and theorems?
In 1995 the “Standards of Learning” across the curriculum were adjusted and many important quintessential epochs in America history study simply were not found worthy of the time they took to teach. Most history textbooks are very lean on the men and women who established the United States, and getting heavier by the year on those matters concerning feminism, civil rights, immigration, and American Indians. Today’s high school students spend weeks studying how various social and minority groups “felt” about the American Revolution and how the Declaration of Independence contradicted the realities of slavery.
Not too long ago Tom Brokaw of the main-stream media (MSM) labeled the World War II generation the “Greatest Generation” albeit he was wrong. That dubious honor belongs to our Founders, those who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for the cause of liberty and independence. This was the generation that produced Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton and a host of other patriots that would take this entire page to mention.
This was the generation that established the United States of America, framed two successful governing documents and a host of state constitutions and provided the foundations of American civil liberty; this is the generation that gave us the greatest political thinkers and constitutional scholars in American history.
The Founding generation has no equal, and it deserves to be rescued from politically correct textbooks, teachers, and professors who would rather dismiss the Founders altogether into a lump of dead, white, sexist, slave-holding males.
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” –Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson