Letter from the Editor: July 2021

Dear Readers,

Happy July! Hope you all had a fun 4th. 🙂

As most homeschoolers know (but many college students don’t), the 4th of July commemorates the 1776 adoption of the Declaration proclaiming this country’s independence from British rule at the start of the American Revolution. Our forefathers rejected the tyranny of King George III to gain liberty and freedom. July 4th is also a significant date from the Civil War, marking the turning point of that war after the Union won the Battle of Gettysburg that was fought from July 1-3, 1863. The war between the states extended those same freedoms to African Americans.

Think of the significance of what happened there… the citizens of this nation actually fought a war against itself to end the suffering of one people at the hands of another. Americans are not a perfect people – as no humans are – but the history of civil rights in America is replete with shining examples of those who have fought and died to end any form of oppression. Samuel Adams, one of the architects of our republic, observed:

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

The founding fathers must be rolling in their graves to see the state of our country now! Going against everything America stands for, Critical Race Theory has reared its ugly head. CRT is just that, a theory based on racial division rooted in Marxist ideologies. Marxism aims to divide the populace and cause unrest between groups, keeping them occupied with petty squabbles so the government can then swoop in and take over more and more power and authority. This is the complete antithesis of the idealism, the philosophy, the construct of what is the United States.

You’d think class division would be a pretty tough sell in a free nation where there is upward mobility for all classes and races of people. And yet CRT does just that; it ignores history and common sense, categorizing individuals by race and only race. You are either the oppressor or the oppressed based on your race, not your morals or character. Even the great civil rights hero, Martin Luther King Jr., has been thrown under the bus. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, he famously said: “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

In the broadest sense, the whole concept of liberty is rooted in the Bible. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Any history lesson plan should include the Bible, not even necessarily for its religious teaching, but its value in its rightful place as a reference source and guideline to end suffering and division at the hands of government and put the power into the hands of “we the people” and the unalienable rights bestowed upon us by our Creator.

Critical Race Theory has quickly moved well beyond “how” to think and pushes “what” to think – this makes it a form of indoctrination, not education. Ironically, the defenders of this false and dangerous teaching are the truly oppressive ones, by denigrating and silencing anyone who dares challenge it. As more schools adopt Critical Race Theory, let’s hope more families will see the light and start homeschooling their children in the freedom of Christ, according to the liberties established in the Constitution.

Okay, I will get off my soapbox now. 🙂

Happy Homeschooling!

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