Writing to you and expecting that you might see it may seem futile. But as it states in Proverbs, “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall,” I am writing with faith and my 94 years of experience that guide it.
Yes, I am a proud American veteran who has enjoyed the blessings of this great republic. I have watched from inside my profession, education, as America has taken detours of destruction. But most notable is the detour from its Christian heritage. We have gradually lost our founding principles and values despite the fact that our Founders left us a clear path to follow in our founding documents. They even left us warnings about how difficult it would be to keep what we had been given: a republic.
Mr. Trump, you want to make this country great again. A great America is really the only hope for not only America, but also the world. In order for America to be great again, it must be first again–first in commerce, in its practice of democracy, its schools, its technology, its military, its research, its health care, its industry, its agriculture, its energy, and on and on. I do not believe that we can do this without understanding and practicing the founding principles that made us great.
To do this, we must understand our history. To understand our history, we must study it as it was written\created by our Founders. They pledged everything they had, including their lives, to give us the guiding documents that created our great experiment like no other government before or since.
If I could do one thing to change education to make America First\Great Again, I would create a Foundation to teach our history from original documents. Then each generation would truly know what this great country is about. They would no longer have a false narrative, a history that no longer believes many of our documents are relevant for this day, a denigrating view of many of our Founders, and most important, a denial of our Christian heritage.
I have been an educator at all levels and all areas for seventy decades, and I still serve on a local school board. I was just elected a year ago to my sixth term. I am still trying to make a difference in this behemoth of education that has fewer and fewer bright spots.
The transformers like President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, the professors at most universities, and the Progressives must have people who are willing to follow them in order to transform our country. A measure of how far we have come is the crowd of largely young people who appear to support Sanders. They surely do not know our history or our Founders. They attend our public schools, and more particularly our universities, where they are taught to believe the premises of the Sander’s philosophy.
We must take back our educational system by first taking back the teaching of our history. Then we must do away with the Department of Education and hope that the states and local communities will be close enough to the people to be accountable. We must stop the flow of money, control , and influence of the federal government on our educational system.
Mr. Trump, if we are to make America Great Again, we must make our schools, colleges, and universities vehicles to deliver the truth about what made us great. They must be able to teach our Christian heritage as we find it in our original documents. Our universities must go back to some of the founding principles. A socialist would no be able to gather thousands of young people in one place and have excitement there, because today’s college students believe their education — and their lives — should be free, because there are rich people who should pay for these things. Students must be taught that freedoms of every kind have a cost and outcome. A lack of freedom always has a consequence.
April 1, 2016