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February 1, 2013

KELLY: History is so important

By WILLIAM J. KELLY

The survival of our constitution, the greatest and best political document ever written by man, and therefore our country, depends more and more on our knowledge of the founding of our nation.

I am not a history scholar. In fact I was not interested in history during my school days. I thought, what do I care about the Monroe doctrine, the second amendment and all those events and dates I had to memorize about past times? I don’t need to know those things. Why was that my attitude toward learning the history of my country? I suspect a lot of other students had the same thought.

I do not think I was properly prepared for the importance of history in my future life. I doubt if most of the students of those days were so prepared. Perhaps a preface to all history studies should be a lecture, especially in grade school American history, about the importance and value of knowing about our nations beginning. This should be about why we are a free people, the men who brought it about and many examples of how they succeeded in their efforts. This should be a recurring event, year after year, so that it instills in the students a real reason for learning history, a giant step for their future patriotism.

We, the parent, the voters, also have an obligation to talk to our children to ascertain what they are being taught in school. If something is being taught, that to our understanding is incorrect, we have the obligation to investigate it and then bring it to the attention of the school authorities.

Our first president, George Washington, in his farewell address left we the people a lot of good advice, much of which applies to the actions of our present federal government. Here are some quotes:

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