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The Conscience Of A Restorationist, VIII

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

Make It Your Project To Take Back American Education

You have a restoration project to take on.For too long - more than a century - leftists calling themselves "liberals" and "progressives" have slowly worked to take away your American birthright of liberty, prosperity, and freedom of opportunity.They've slowly taken over every institution of influence in the country, from labor unions to government agencies and from the movie theater to the classroom.But if we, as a nation, are to restore our promise as a republic under God and a Constitution guaranteeing worldly freedom, each of us has to individually take on a personal project of restoration.

You might become a citizen journalist, and try to restore the sort of objective truth-reporting long abandoned by the "news" media in this country.Or you might run for office, or support some other campaign to try to take back the government from the collectivist state that's evolved on our soil.You could start a business, which is one of the most powerful ways to restore personal responsibility and individual prosperity.Or perhaps your best personal restoration project would be to help restore education in America.

The United States, driven by the freedom guaranteed by our Constitutional republic, was once the model for quality education in the world.We led the free world in math, science, and the humanities.We were great because we were good, and we were successful because we were smart.

The statists knew they could never "radically transform" America into a socialist state as long as the nation's educational institutions were so strong.So slowly, beginning with "Fabian socialists" in the nineteenth century, the statists have worked hard to dominate our country's learning systems.And they've succeeded in taking them over.Now, one need only glance at the growing power of the teachers' unions and the waning effectiveness of teachers to see the results.We pay more and more to educate each student, yet test scores go lower and lower.America has become dumb, numb, and ready to fall.

I don't need to convince you of the veracity of this claim; to attempt to do so would be to spend too much time "admiring the problem" and not enough in pressing for a solution.I'm tired of griping about how bad education has become in America.It's time to do something about it - together, and separately.It's time for thousands of individual citizens to take on the reclaiming of our education system as their personal restoration project.

What can you do?Start by considering where you are in your life.If you're a teacher or administrator, or a university professor, your project is already underway behind enemy lines, and I won't presume to tell you what to do (or you're a leftist reading this for enemy intel, in which case I won't help you).But what about the rest of us?What about those of us who now must become "citizen educators?"

Are you the parent of school-aged kids?If you can home-school them, you will be undertaking the greatest restoration project available to anyone.You have a chance to populate the future with a newfound awareness... and think about the prospects your kids will have in competing with the "products" being churned out by the statists' education system!If home schooling just won't work in your life, can you send your kids to a private school?How can you become involved in the work of your school district?You can audit your kids' classes, even help out occasionally as an assistant, and in any event you're in a position to stay in contact with your kids' teachers.You have to exert some influential resistance to the dumbing-down of our nation.

When my kids were school-aged, I couldn't school them myself, but I did make a point of doing the other things I mention above.I'll never forget one day when I had travelled across the country to visit my kids, and spent the day with my oldest (then a fourth grader).When I saw two of twenty spelling words on the board misspelled (by the teacher), it was eye-opening; when (having been dismissed by my daughter) I went out to lunch and overheard a young mother "correct" her toddler from saying "I saw a man" to saying "I seen a man," it was shocking.I remember thanking my lucky stars that I was in a position to help my kids "understand better" what they were getting at school.I think actually home-schooling them would've been easier; I could have taught things once, instead of waiting to see what needed to be un-taught and re-taught.

If your kids are college-aged, don't think you're finished.Meet their professors, if you can, and be able to discuss those professors (and their pronouncements) with your offspring in an educated way.Talk to your kids often, and don't be afraid to debate them.Here's a great idea: meet their college friends, and get your licks in with more college kids than just your offspring.Don't be afraid of being seen as uninformed.Your kid's friends have developed a respect for your kid, and they'll wonder where he got all that coolness from!I've had some great successes influencing young people by simply having the courage to speak the truth around my kids' friends, and it starts by asking them what they know and think (and not assuming they're stupid).Here's a good line to use with your kids, and their friends: "Are you open-minded?Can you prove it?"

If you're childless, we could still use your help in restoring education.Research your school district.What texts are they using?How much influence does your local teachers' union have?Can you campaign for the establishment of a charter school in your community, to compete with the statists' system?Might you even run for school board?

And if you're a student yourself, of any age, have the temerity to question your teachers.Read dissenting opinions and histories, and be ready to discuss them.See if you can't do more to educate your classmates than can your teachers, who you'll find are often motivated by a dozen things among which teaching the truth is not to be found.

There's room for thousands of personal restoration projects in our education system.What's yours?You may be able to take on a big project, or yours might be modest... but no project is too small for such an important restoration.The future of our country literally depends on it.

Michael Hume is a speaker, writer, and consultant specializing in helping people maximize their potential and enjoy inspiring lives. As part of his inspirational leadership mission, he coaches executives and leaders in growing their personal sense of well-being through wealth creation and management, along with personal vitality.

Michael and his wife, Kathryn, divide their time between homes in California and Colorado. They are very proud of their offspring, who grew up to include a homemaker, a rock star, a service talent, and a television expert. Two grandchildren also warm their hearts! Visit Michael's web site at

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