As I began investigating issues associated with high-stakes testing and Common Core back in 2012/2013, I realized that I was woefully uninformed about many aspects of the history and governance of the United States of America. I learned some stuff back in high school but had forgotten most of it. I believe that many of the educational problems we face today are firmly intertwined with governmental policies and social/political agendas so it is vitally important that those who are concerned about the education of our children be informed and involved in what is going on in government and politics.
Understanding the Constitution of the United States, the document on which the governance of our great nation is based, is vitally important.
I love what this young man Matthew Schrunk has to say and his passion for both the Constitution and the United States of America.
After reading the first chapter of your new book, A More Perfect Union, I came to the conclusion that We The People need to better educate ourselves and others about the constitution for 4 reasons:
- It was specifically written for us, the citizens of the United States of America.
- Ignorance is not bliss. When we are uninformed about our constitution, how can it benefit us?
- Constitutional “scholars/experts” are distorting the constitution’s words and purpose.
- Freedom is not free. If we want our children’s children to be free, we must learn how to make it happen. The constitution was written for our freedom; it may not be a bad place to start.
I love how Matthew is so excited by what he has read that he wants to share it with others. In my opinion he is the kind of student who is ‘college-and-career ready’, ready to face life after school, be a productive citizen and participate in the governance of America.
If Common Core is producing graduates like Matthew Schrunk, then it is working. If not, it is failing.
- Read the Constitution of the United States online
- Sign up for a free online class about the Constitution of the United States, Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution through Hillsdale College in Hillsdale Michigan here. I have just signed up to begin the course.
- The Constitution Minute is a series of brief, informative radio messages designed to improve your understanding of the meaning and history of the U.S. Constitution.