Happy Presidents’ Day!
Today is a great day for our country. But how do we inspire our children? Clearly, no child has been unaware of the recent political turmoil. Without education, We risk creating cynicism in the tenderest minds. We happen to live in still the greatest country and yet so many children are not taught very much about patriotism in general.
Yes, Presidents’ Day is also a wonderful vacation day and if you are hitting the slopes or relaxing on the beach, it’s wonderful family time and I’m sure much deserved.
But parents, please take a moment to also talk about the wonders of living in a thriving democracy.
Most kids that I test are woefully unaware of basic touch points of American history.
For example, very few know who Christopher Columbus really is; their answers often range from hilarious to blank stares. (“Did he cut down a cherry tree? Didn’t he discover gravity? I think he ran for president a long time ago”)
Many many older kids don’t know what an amendment is, who was the president during the civil war or what a unanimous vote is.
And speaking of president Lincoln, here are some quotes to share and discuss with your kids. Read them aloud and discuss what they mean and define the words. Try to inspire. They will remember it, I promise.
Quotes about President Lincoln:
He showed that fame may be won and what services be rendered by a plain son of the people unaided by any gifts of fortune. ~James Bryce
In him was vindicated the greatness of real goodness and the goodness of real greatness. ~Phillips Brooks
Humble birth did not retard his genius, nor high place corrupt his soul. ~Cass Gilbert