That is, in a nutshell, what the State of South Carolina now mandates by law. You know, South Carolina, where every day is a “great day,” according to our Governor, Nikki Haley.
It sure was the day Gov. Haley signed this bill affecting students into law. From the Daily Signal:
This bill, signed June 1, reinforces South Carolina’s Section 59-29-120 that required all public education students, both in high school and in college, to pass a test after a year-long class on the founding documents and principles.
The Founding Principles Act bolsters the existing law by adding an accountability clause requiring the State Department of Education to report to the House and Senate Education Committees as well as the Public Works Committee every two years. This report will outline how South Carolina educators are teaching the documents in their classrooms.State Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Lexington, told The Daily Signal, “I was just so worried about the erosion away from our foundation, and when I say that, I think it’s time we get back to the basics. The basics in which this country was founded. That’s exactly what we wanted to accomplish with this bill.”
Furthermore, teachers will be provided with “professional development opportunities” to ensure the subject is being properly taught.
“A major part of forming future citizens capable of self-government is ensuring that they are properly educated in the founding documents of our nation,” Arthur Milikh, associate director for principles and politics at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email. “This was once common sense throughout America, but now we are forced to fight to ensure that even the most basic texts—the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence—are taught.”
“These works tell us about the nature of our country, the principles for which we stand, and the way to preserve our constitutional order. Should these texts be lost to students, the next generation will be ruled entirely by popular culture and public opinion,” Milikh wrote. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Yes, our high school and college students HAVE to know how our nation was founded, and the documents on which this great nation has its foundation. How awesome is that?
I mean, it is pretty cool that there was already the Act that required they be taught a class on the Founding Principles of this country, but to reinforce that with this latest law in a time when far, far too many young people – and adults – haven’t the FOGGIEST what our Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and more, proclaim, is no small thing. We must have our young people educated regarding the foundation of this country, how it came to be, and the tremendous bravery, courage, foresight, and wisdom, of our Founders.
I have to say it – I am proud of South Carolina for emphasizing these critical documents. Would that other states followed suit! But at least our young people will know how important it is to have knowledge of these documents and our Founders’ Foundation. Hopefully – HOPEFULLY – that will enable them to make informed decisions when dealing with their community, state, and federal representatives, not ones based on the current social media trend or reality show. Hey, we can hope, right?
And speaking of “going,” this will be my last post for a while. Wednesday morning at 8:00 am (EST) is when my surgery is scheduled to start. It will last a good 7 – 8 hours, but Suzy will keep y’all updated, either through Kenoshamarge and Pumaforever, or a comment at the post of the day. I’ll be in the hospital for 5 days or so, just in case you are keeping score. Ahaha. Ahem.
Add to that, our house closed on Monday morning, and we have a pre-construction meeting all afternoon with our builder (Tuesday). Not exactly the calm, relaxed manner in which one is SUPPOSED to approach such major surgery, but hey – it means things will be happening while I am recovering, so there is that. The sooner we get this step done, the sooner we move into our new home. (But are we ever going to miss our beautiful log home. At least we get to rent it back while we build. That also means we only have to move once. Yay!)
Again, I cannot thank Kenoshamarge enough for her willingness to helm the blog while I am recovering from this major surgery (lumbar fusion, for any who may have missed that information previously). It means so much to me that she, Pumaforever, and Helenk are going to do what they can to keep things humming along here.
And the support from you all means the world to me, too. Thank you for that. As soon as I am able, I’ll check in, but for now, just so you know, I gotta go.
I hope you all have a good, safe, fun, pleasant, summer!
Before I go, though, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that at long, long last, the Benghazi Report is being released today. The Hill, Mollie Hemingway from The Federalist, and Sharyl Attkisson cover it, but since the report is 800 pages long, I imagine the contents will take some time to come out. Should be interesting summer reading, though!
This is an Open Thread.