“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
When public education first began lessons were taught from one book, the Bible.
While learning to read, you learned history, math, and morality.
Children learned in a one room schoolhouse, the older children learning from the teacher and the younger children learning from the older students.
The intent of education was to create a knowledgeable populous that would be intelligent enough to govern itself according to the Constitution.
The originators of the Constitution understood that being a public servant was a thankless job and subject to coercion by those who were able to pay for certain privileges. It was important that the people be educated so they could monitor and scrutinize the actions of those who were elected to speak for the people. Education was necessary to maintain the proper oversight of those who collect taxes from and are paid by the people.
In an effort to safeguard against the pressures of politics, a knowledgeable public was supposed to know and understand the issues placed before Congress and address those issues with their local leaders who were to make the will of the people heard in Washington.
Today, lessons are as segregated as the schools children attend. Children are separated into classes according to their age and there is little communication between age groups in the learning process.
Respect and righteousness are no longer taught, reinforced, or even expected in too many school communities.
The intent of education has changed as well. Today we want education to prepare our children for college and career. To be workers, not knowledgeable but compliant.
We, the people, must return to the original intent of public education, to create a knowledgeable populous that will uphold the Constitution by promoting the general welfare of our children.
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