Post Labor Day Blog - Thoughts from Chuck Stilwell

Labor Day weekend was a great opportunity for us all to take a break and get refueled with renewed energy and direction. Recently, my home has expanded with a family of five who have been like family to us over the years. This past weekend we hiked one day 5.5 miles up Ramsey Canyon and down into the beautiful pools in the fast-flowing stream. It was a refreshing change for us all. The kids went swimming in the creek pools. On Labor Day itself, we went to Bisbee and experienced a fantastic breakfast at the Bisbee Breakfast Club. I hinted that it would be great to go back there on my birthday. I will talk to my son and daughter-in-law and grandchildren about that! Bisbee, though a tourist trap for those wanting to shop, was just the same a great way to spend a relaxing day. Labor Day weekend was also a time to reflect on some of the history of our country, prompted by discussions we had particularly about how non-educated we have become in this country. Much of it centered around the absence of the well documented history of our country and how that has brought about false impressions and crude and biased conclusions about our very exceptional society and a plan for its demise. I know this is a cliché, but when I was in elementary school we pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of America acknowledging that it was a country under the protection and direction of Almighty God. We sang a patriotic song. We read a Bible verse…often a proverb. We knew the Declaration of Independence by heart and had read the constitution and had memorized its preamble. For at least 200 years the Bible was a key textbook! As an example, in New Jersey public schools in 1816 every student entering 2 nd grade had to have memorized the book of John in the New Testament of the Bible. In Pennsylvania, in 1892 as another example, students were to memorize 1 chapter of the Bible or great piece of literature each week. One of the documents could be a hymn. The negative things happening in our schools today might have been prevented if we had kept doing some of these things. It is really no secret that our reading and math skills have been “dumbed down” by Common Core and other non-productive educational trends over the past century. Parents and guardians of our children speak out to make a difference and protect our future generations from the ungodly and unintelligent changes in our government schools. Yes, I am aware that this blog might be quickly taken off the internet, but I will keep it in print for any who contact me concerning it. Note: Information above was taken from with David Barton. Chuck Stilwell


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