America’s education system has always focused on than the “3 r’s,” Reading, Riting, and Rithmatic. In former generations our institutions of learning gave us a good education and a sense of national heritage and identity that led to a high degree of patriotism and national pride.
I know what I’m talking about. I am a fourth generation product of German immigrants. My paternal great-grandfather was the first Caucasian baby born in Hall County, Nebraska. My maternal great-grandfather came to America, found his way to Nebraska, homesteaded and mail-ordered a German bride. By the 2nd generation, my family was bi-lingual. By the 3rd generation we spoke only English. I was never taught to revere my German roots. Oh, we ate German dishes and it was fun to listen to my great-grandmother get angry and speak (shout) German. But in America, my family has always been American.
These simple observations beg the question: Why do we, in today’s America, seem to focus on teaching our children everything about their diversity and so little about what makes US one people – one nation?