Editorial #42 Civics in School February 14,2019
If we truly live in the freest nation in the world but cannot determine or guide what our public education system is teaching our children, are we really free?
It is amazing how apathetic we have become with the influences of social media and news sources that constantly re-characterizes everything to advance an agenda that seems to violate our core values of truth, fairness, sustainability and integrity. Our public schools system is often complicit in allowing it and even encouraging it in some cases.
The fact these liberal agendas have evolved in the first place was inevitable in this age of technological advances. But their existence is not the problem, as radical points of view have always existed. Technology and the liberal media are just the vehicles that allow these violations of our core value to occur quicker, be unchecked and have traction that results in all the dysfunctionality we shake our heads at today.
The existence of issues like socialism, gender identity, racism, environmentalism, social justice and abortion as major societal concerns were inconceivable a generation ago. It is surprising these rise to the level of real concerns with unchecked spending and national security far greater concerns. These societal concerns seem to infect practically every aspect of our lives, while our real problems seeming to go unchecked with all the distractions. The unintended consequences from these distractions are now surfacing and violating our very sense of justice and the principles of our legal system which is the foundation of our constitutional republic.
As with every movement, the need for government to control the masses to maintain their sense of order is like the frog in a boiling pot. It is not apparent as to what is happening until it is too late. There have always been extreme elements for any point of view, but now these elements are quickly politicized to the point where they are declared to be main stream simply by having a complicit media and education system saying it is so.
The check on stopping this dysfunctional phenomena is missing. This check will not come from our government, it must come from “we the people”, our future citizens who are our children. The understanding of our constitutional republic system of government, patriotism, fair play, legal precedence and rule of law are no longer taught in our public schools. This understanding of the unintended consequences or what our individual responsibilities are to the country seem to be completely ignored.
This is by design. The departments of education and liberal elites know the best way to revolutionize a country is to indoctrinating the youth. There is no teaching of our core values, patriotism nor our system of government. Instead they are told large groups of our country have been and are still being victimizing by an evil governments who is responsible for their difficult plights in life. This is not teaching, this is indoctrination.
There have been numerous tries in our State’s legislature to address this concern over the years with LB399 introduced by Senator Julie Slama the latest attempt. It is incredible that the simple act of requiring our public schools to teach Civics as a core subject is met with resistance by the State Education Association and liberal senators. To mandate that subjects like civics or American History be taught as standard curriculum in our schools seem perfectly obvious, but by the way opposing factions acted during State of the Union Address, there are apparently a lot of people who disagree.
Ben Franklin said: “We are a Republic, if we can keep it!” But if Civics is not taught in our schools so our children know what a constitutional republic is, there is little chance of that happening.
This is Keith Kube wishing you the best in making the world a better place.
Keith Kube, from Northeast Nebraska, is a business analyst and author of two books on business management. The books are available at most District 40 libraries, the Elkhorn Valley Museum, Norfolk City Library, Norfolk High School, Norfolk Catholic, Northeast Community College and Amazon.
During his career as an engineer, investment banker and business analyst he identified traits commonly overlooked that are vital for all successful business operations and government. You can hear all his past editorials or review his books by going to his website: www.keithkube.com