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Friday, January 12, 2007

Patriotism and the classroom

A letter writer from Jackson wants Gov. Corzine to veto a bill that would no longer require schools to teach about Veterans Day, Memorial Day and four other holidays. She asks whether it's too much to expect schools to devote maybe one hour a year on the significance of each of these holidays. She makes a good point. But a better question is why it has to be mandated in the first place.

There's no reason why schools don't include instruction about our national holidays. If they're important enough to close government offices and schools, then they're important enough to be included in the school curriculum in advance of the holiday. If nothing else, the teaching should remind students that holidays are not just for the mall or the beach. The state doesn't need a law to tell schools to do the right thing. Failing to do it is an abdication of educators' responsibility.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Dismas said...

Who sponsored this legislation that you speak of, Mr. Benjamin? Do you happen to have a bill number for this proposed piece of legislation?

12:21 PM, January 13, 2007  
Blogger margaret said...

I would like to know, too, as I went to the NJ legislation site and poured over the write ups on nearly all the Education bills and couldn't find it, unless the verbage regarding the two holidays is tucked away in the meat of the actual bill.

8:31 AM, January 14, 2007  
Anonymous ericthered said...

According to "America's real anchorman," the one who sponsored the bill is state senator John Adler (D) and it was passed unanimously by the legislature. Kind of curious the information is hard to locate on NJ's legislation site, unless the legislature doesn't want the citizenry to know about it. But how silly of me. These are Democrats, the party of the people.

10:05 AM, January 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course we don't have time to teach about veterans , and memorial days. We are busy with MARY HAS TWO MOMMIES BOOKS.

2:54 PM, January 18, 2007  

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