Dear Parents and Teachers,
The United States of America is in crisis. According to a 2023 Wall Street Journal poll, only 23% of adults under age 30 think patriotism is very important to them personally, compared with 59% of seniors ages 65 and older. America's military is not able to meet its recruitment goals. Americans do not know the geography of the world or of their own country. And, American schoolchildren go through k-12 have no idea how the United States of America is different, and in many ways, better, than other countries. A people without knowledge of civics are in danger of having everything of value taken from them.
For nearly three decades, I have been a public middle school teacher and a home school Dad of 7 children. I've experienced how students have no idea of America's past and I see our country is in danger of losing the constitutional liberties all citizens have enjoyed since 1776. Classical Historian Civics Curriculum is a great step in giving to our youngest generation what they need to understand and love liberty and America.
Through the first half of the 1900s, Americans understood that, while not perfect, our country represented liberty, promoted individual rights over state authority, and there was a constant effort to reform society through peaceful means. This is no longer the case. American educational leaders are either ignorant of their history and its meaning, or, they are against the ideals of individual liberty and limited government. These leaders are successfully molding young students into believing America is the center of everything that is evil.
American students graduate high school and college without an understanding and appreciation of civics. Civics is the study of the duties and rights of a citizen, and in a republic, part of that study is an education in virtue. In a free republic, it is necessary for self-governing citizens to not only understand but also to appreciate and have a patriotic love of their country. If citizens of a free republic do not understand their own rights and government, that country will not remain free. As John Adams wrote, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
Young Americans do not value the United States of America because they do not know or understand what it is. They have no idea of the liberties Americans enjoy, the sacrifices those before us made to found and build our country, and they do not see how easy it could be for us to lose our way of life. It is not the fault of these young people that they do not value living in the modern world's first republic. It is the fault of our education system run by older Americans who are failing to teach the basics of civics.
Living in a free republic requires a high level of patriotism and virtue. Our Founding Fathers understood the need for a patriotic and virtuous population.
George Washington wrote, "Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government," and, "Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people."
Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom."
Samuel Adams wrote, "If ever the time should come, when vain & aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
John Adams wrote, "But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever."
Classical Historian's American Civics K-5 curriculum teaches children what every citizen needs to know AND it does so in a fun and engaging way. This seven-book curriculum answers:
- What does it mean to be an American?
- What is America’s heritage?
- What is the importance of the Declaration of Independence?
- How does the US government work according to the Constitution?
- How should a citizen behave in a free republic?
- Who are America's heroes?
- How did Americans end slavery?
- How do I sing America's patriotic and folk songs?
Classical Historian’s American Civics fills the great void in American education. It is an engaging and age-appropriate civics curriculum for elementary students. It teaches America’s ancient and medieval heritage, the great story of its founding, the Constitution, and how the American government works, including the rights and duties of citizens. It teaches the great struggle to end slavery and of the Civil Rights Movement. But more than this, American Civics instructs children in the virtues citizens need to self-govern in a republic.
Classical Historian’s American Civics curriculum is a series of seven books that teach your children and students the truth of America’s past, the meaning of our founding documents, how our Constitution works, and the virtues citizens need to live in a free society. American Civics is educational, fun, and kids like it.
This is book four of seven.
Author: John De Gree
Publisher: Classical Historian
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