Sunday, August 14, 2011


As a serious student of history I am saddened that our educational system is giving short shrift to teaching history objectively and honestly in our schools today. Numerous articles have been written about how history has been totally dropped in some schools and in others it has taken a liberal slant that in the end fails the students and the country as a whole.

Reading The American Patriot’s Almanac as I do each morning I was reminded of the events of August 12, 1765 that occurred when a group of Bostonians calling themselves Sons of Liberty gathered around a large elm tree to protest the Stamp Act imposed by England. Please take a few minutes to review this Wikipedia link:

Additionally allow me to draw your attention to a very interesting series of quotations relative to liberty from the likes of Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Jefferson, Clarence Darrow and others.

Your Commander found Darrow’s quote to be significant when he said, “You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can be free only if I am free.”

I wonder just how many students in America’s classrooms today have heard those words and how many would understand what they meant. Permit me to remind you that it is an accepted fact that “knowledge is power,” and we are short-changing our children when we fail to teach them important historical lessons that have stood the test of time.


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