Use the Summer Break to Give Your Kids a Real Civics Education
"But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it, and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, and you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free." -- President Ronald Reagan
Got kids? Are they home over the summer? It’s a necessary and important time to teach liberty lessons culminating with a July 4th quiz!
Most kids across America learn nothing about civics during the school year. If parents rely on the schools to educate our kids about how our republic works and government functions, why free enterprise is good and debt is bad, why knowledge is power and reason is a civic responsibility, then America will most certainly be lost.
America’s schools are currently raising new generations of default liberals simply because most schools either don’t teach civics or teach only liberal perspectives. Kids can’t reason with only one perspective. If our nation’s youth are zombies -- munching chips in their La-Z-Boys -- with a “Give me liberty and gimme, gimme” attitude, then it's because America’s parents have fallen asleep at the wheel.
How to get their attention? Start by telling them that if they are not active in the government, then their Facebook and Instagram could someday be censored or abolished. Tell them that their favorite rock concerts could be canceled. Tell them that if they ever got in trouble with the law for, say, speeding, they might not have their Habeas Corpus rights and could sit in prison for months. Tell them that if they were to speak their minds negatively against Congress, or the president, they could be banished to chop ice in the North Slope of Alaska -- forever.
They might say, “Yeah, get real mom. That’s never going to happen.” Then tell them that drones are now flying over our heads, listening to our conversations. Tell them that the government is dictating to the Catholic Church how Catholics should compromise their morals. Tell them that people with conservative values are being denied work in Hollywood. Ask them how often the shows they watch on television have a religious message.