Background to the Mission Statement
From the 1970’s to the present, the public educational bureaucracy, and educational spending has grown dramatically, while the quality of American education at the secondary level has declined, in some cases it has declined sharply. Pulitzer Prize winning author of 1776, and John Adams has said that our children’s ignorance of American history is a threat to national security. Other indicators of deep problems in public education include:
- 33% of 4th graders are functionally illiterate
- NYC public schools spend $17k pr pupil, but 40% drop out of high schools
- American HS students rank 25th in math of developed countries
- 35 Million ADHD and depression prescriptions were written in 2010 for young people
- A 2003 study by the Carnegie Foundations found that young people’s lack of interest and understanding of Civics and Government leave them less equipped to contribute to society
The Carnegie Study “Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools” call for a greatly increased effort to expand civics teaching at the secondary level so America’s children will develop a better understanding and appreciation for the American form of government. We at the Report Card strongly agree and we will report on progress towards this noble goal, and also on obstacles in attaining this goal. Our sole focus will be to encourage a direct and positive influence on public education. We believe in America’s greatness, and that civics instruction must lean heavily on America’s Judeo Christian Heritage of individual liberty. For this reason, we are a nation of law under the Constitution and not the whim of those in power. For hundreds of years, historians wrote that America’s Founders and Framers of the Constitution were deeply moral men who believed that our liberties are a gift from God and not from men.
Sadly for our nation and our children, these historical facts are rarely being taught. Instead, valuable classroom time is wasted on “multiculturalism” the virtues of Global government, and alternatives to the traditional family. While we applaud reasonable self-criticism, we deplore efforts to portray America as hopelessly greedy, imperialistic and racist. We believe that the American system of laws and rights exemplified by the Constitution has made America the freest and most powerful nation on earth. We believe that since our public schools educate 90% of our young people, they must again provide superior education, and an appreciation for Constitutional government.
Thomas Jefferson said it well in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”