What would happen if our public schools focused on one standard instead of a series endless Common Core content facts? What if we focused on one standard deeply rooted in who we are as a nation? A standard that molded the character of generations of Americans. A standard that ended slavery, a standard that men and women have been imprisoned and died for. A standard that inspired presidents, workers, and a civil rights movenment. A standard that is more of a core belief rather than a fact. A standard we have never reached, but one our hands are always reaching for.
Here is my one standard America:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." -The United State Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
Am I alone in imagining a public school system that inspires our young people, not with some cowardly fear of not being competitive in some future world market, but with a curriculum rooted in the character of equality, life, liberty, and dare we even imagine the pursuit of happiness?
I bet one John Adams would applause my one standard. “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” ~ John Adams
No Common Core Groupie,
Jesse The Walking Man Turner
If you want to know what the Walking Man listened to on his walk over the moutain today...it's Malvina Reynolds "Little Boxes"