Letters to the Editor

Teach our children to love America

My teaching career started in 1979, just three years after the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence, when the truths of the founding and the liberties of this great country were taught in the schools. About 20 years ago I compiled and wrote articles for children about Old Glory, the beautiful flag of the United States of America, because I wanted to build patriotism and share my love of America. I have friends from many nations and work daily with immigrant families who have risked so much to have a better life in this country.

From the beginning of my teaching career until now I have seen the deterioration of the teaching of America’s history and heritage in our schools, and frankly it breaks my heart. I was overjoyed to hear about the 1776 Commission to Promote Patriotic Education announced on Constitution Day Sept. 18 from the National Archives.

Vice President Mike Pence said in this broadcast from the National Archives, “No one can preserve what they do not love, and no one can love what they do not know.” President Donald Trump followed this by saying, “Our youth will be taught to love America with all their heart.”

Please take thirty minutes to find and watch this inspirational broadcast and rejoice with me about this great step for the education of America’s youth.

Carolyn Gelder

Iowa City

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