After some hand-wringing over British citizens who have chosen to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister
It is a diagnosis Americans would do well to consider because an unknown number of Americans (FBI Director
In order to teach values, whether British or American, we must first agree on what they are. Since the turbulent '60s, some Americans have chosen to ignore, even oppose, values taught to their forebears. These tenets begin with personal responsibility and accountability, hard work, capitalism, self-reliance, faith in God and patriotism.
As I see it, too many students pay little heed to the Pledge of Allegiance. Few will serve in the military, or feel compelled to "give back" to their country as did those who fought and died for their freedom.
A look at what used to be taught in public schools before the advent of multiculturalism offers a lesson in what we have lost.
In 1923, the superintendent of Public Instruction in
Beginning in first grade, children were exposed to sentiments like these: "I give my hand and my heart to my country. One country, one language, one flag."
In an entry by
Webster concludes: "But what are lands, and seas, and skies to civilized man, without society, without knowledge, without morals, without religious culture? And how can these be enjoyed in all their extent, and all their excellence, but under the protection of wise institutions and a free government?"
Who decided these virtues were outdated and no longer worth teaching to new generations, especially "millennials," who seem so cynical about them?
Even conservatives, who still cling to those values in theory, are doing less in practice to affirm them. Too many have their children in public schools that challenge their beliefs. Too many conservative families are breaking up, instilling conditional love in their children.
In a letter to his wife, Abigail,
If we could question those Americans who have gone to fight with jihadists, it would be interesting to see what they were taught in school and how they came to hate America so much. Meanwhile, we had better get back to teaching the current and future generations what we used to teach, or risk losing not only them, but the entire nation.
"Selections for Memorizing" might be a good place to start.