Friday, July 04, 2008

Have we forgotten the fundamentals of American patriotism?

The survival of American democracy depends on education, and we've been failing to teach our citizens the basic values of our democracy.

David S. Broder
Washington Post
July 4, 2008

...The ideas that define this country are found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, as amplified by Supreme Court decisions and statutes in subsequent years. Those ideas have been tested in crisis and in war, and the leaders who steered the nation through those testing times are the heroes whose legacy we celebrate -- Washington, Lincoln, the two Roosevelts.

What disturbs the Bradley scholars is evidence that our generation is failing to educate the next one on the essentials of the American experiment..."

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