When applying for a position as a middle school literature teacher at a private school in West Valley, I was asked to submit my resume, a cover letter, and an essay explaining my views on America. The essay I submitted is as follows:
How Do I View America?
I have always been a patriot. Since I was a small child, I have understood what America stands for, and just how important our nation is in light of the rest of the world. I believed in the legends of our Founders, the American creed, the Constitution, and what it meant be a free country. However, the course of our nation has continued to stray away from the tenets that made it such a glowing example of liberty. In fact, the last 50 years have given way to a near complete erosion of the Bill of Rights, and a system and society that has all but forgotten how and why this nation came to be…
As an English Literature and U.S. History and Government teacher, I believe that much of our nation’s “undoing” lies in the post-industrial, one-size-fits-all public education system. I have watched as one textbook after the next is condensed, and decade after decade, American students are fed “sound bites” and snippets of history with the “who, what, when, and where” becoming more important than the “how?” and “why?”. In fact, questioning anything at all has become almost taboo among the general populous… “thought crime,” if I may go so far.
Our nation is a mere 235 years old. Our struggles, while many think are unique to the American experience, have been seen in every great civilization since the beginning. So, how do I view America? We are at a crossroads, and we must decide if we will uphold the vision of our Founders and continue the Great Experiment, or if we will place collective security above individual sovereignty. Will we turn away from collectivism and face the toils of life as freemen or accept the bondage of the corporatist movement and serfdom?
Sabrina Reynolds [send her mail] is the deputy chapter coordinator for the Utah Tenth Amendment Center. She worked in independent schools for 10 years as an English Literature and U.S. History teacher and is a proponent for parental choice in education.
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