Arizona history was celebrated Tuesday afternoon at Summit School of Ahwatukee where more than 30 fourth-graders presented what they learned about the state during the school’s own look at Arizona history: “Here Today, and Gone Tomorrow.”
They can't gather their first signature for more than seven months, but foes of Republican Diane Douglas, newly elected the state school superintendent, now have the legal ability to start soliciting funds for the effort.
On Veterans Day, my children made cards to cheer their grandfather, who is in a VA hospital. My first-grader drew the American flag, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. He named these symbols he learned about in school and explained why he thought grandpa would be cheered by these symbols due to their meaning. He included a thank you because his teachers taught him why Americans are grateful for veterans’ sacrifices. My fourth-grader recently participated in a patriotic celebration at school honoring parents who serve in the military and who are firefighters and police officers. This prompted a thoughtful discussion at home about why Americans feel proud of their country and honor those who serve.
That would be our education system, wouldn’t it? We aren’t born with a sense of patriotism. The human organism is born with only one instinct, that of suckling. Patriotism is a learned response. If it isn’t taught, you won’t know it’s meaning. Our schools no longer teach the love of one’s country.
Arizona is deciding a full slate of statewide, congressional and local races, many of which were highly competitive heading in to the final hours of the campaign. The closeness of the contests has been reflected in the bombardment of attack ads over the final weeks as Democratic, Republican and special interest groups have spent large amounts of money in Arizona. Here is a look at the ticket, and what's at stake:
In the Sept. 24 issue of this newspaper, Carol Sampson made a cogent and impassioned plea to support Democrat candidates David Garcia for superintendent of education, Janie Hydrick for the state Senate and for Mitzi Epstein for the House. Her letter was titled “Build a strong bridge for the future.” Interestingly enough, no mention was made of Fred Duval.
Republican Diane Douglas said voters should elect her as the next schools chief to save education in Arizona from “people in the ivory towers that actually have the audacity to refer to our children as human capital.”