Citizenship and democracy as verbs
By Scholastic on May 23rd, 2008
On the Friday afternoon before the first long weekend kicking off the summer, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the non-cookout dimension of Memorial Day and respectfully remember those who died in military service to the United States and its democratic ideals.
We believe in … the democratic way of life, with basic liberties — and responsibilities — for everyone. We pledge ourselves to uphold the basic freedoms of all individuals.
As we’ve written about before, this year’s historic election gives us– and teachers and parents– the perfect opportunity to talk about concepts like democracy, freedom and what it means to be a good citizen. We’d love to hear what you’re doing with your students or kids to explore these big ideas.
There was a great piece in yesterday’s Christian Science Monitor about the inseperable link between education and an active citizenry. I think T.J. sums it up best:
Jefferson wrote: “If a nation expects it can be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
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