I attended the local school board meeting last week, and in the course of the meeting, the board had to vote on some course material, approving it to be put in the high school curriculum. There were two courses that are not part of the state-approved curriculum, but without a doubt should be: “Civics” and “History of the Holocaust.”
Writer George Santayana's oft-quoted statement is still valid: Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
Do we really want to re-live Nazi Germany and the horrors of the Holocaust? Do we want to fight tyranny again, as our forefathers did?
The answer to those questions is clearly, “NO.” But if we raise up a generation of students who know nothing of the failures and successes of the past, they will end up making the same mistakes all over again.
The United States of America is a country that rules itself. Those elected officials and bureaucrats in Washington are not our rulers, but our servants. The Constitution guarantees this and keeps them in check. But if our children don't know the Constitution and what it says, how will they know when their “servants” overstep their bounds? Such overstep is the root of tyranny.
And if they don't study what Adolph Hitler did to millions of people in his concentration camps, they will begin to doubt that such horror ever occurred.
Our children need to learn the hard truths of the past, to avoid those mistakes in the future. And they need to learn to be responsible citizens, able to rule such a great country.
I applaud the Sequatchie County Board of Education. They are a group of dedicated servants of the community working quietly behind the scenes. Parents trust them to do what's best for the children, and so far they are doing an admirable job of just that.