Well – that was interesting! Not quite what I expected. There is no live feed for those of you who asked. In lieu of fancy pants technology I do have the main quote I used – thank goodness for “theme” reading 🙂
“I would like to share an excerpt from David McCullough’s speech because I think he makes the argument for civics education best:
The American experiment was from its start an unfilled promised; there was much work to be done. There were glaring flaws to correct, unfinished business to attend to, improvements and necessary adjustments to devise in order to keep pace with the onrush of growth and change and expanding opportunities.
Those brave, high-minded founders gave us stars to steer by, a government of laws and not of men, equal justice before the law, the importance of the individual, the ideal of equality, freedom of religion, freedom of thought and expression and the love of learning.
Blessed we are and duty bound, to continue the great cause of spirit and in their memory and for those who are to carry on next, in their turn. There is still much work to be done, still much to learn. We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: on we go.
The legacy from civics education will get us there.”