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Education Reporter
NUMBER 236 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS SEPTEMBER 2005

Model Resolution Promotes Western Civ
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The following sample school board resolution affirms the value of teaching students about Western civilization and its historic accomplishments. With only slight wording changes, it would also be suitable for adoption by a state legislature. Consider sending it to your local school board official or state legislator for consideration.

Whereas the study and understanding of and appreciation for the importance of United States history, civics, democratic institutions, United States citizenship, and Western ideals are critical components of a vibrant United States culture, polity and society;

Whereas the contributions of Western civilization to the world include democratic institutions and the rule of law, the concept of universal human rights, the development of science and technology, and religious tolerance;

Whereas if young people are not taught to understand and appreciate the values and culture Americans share, the United States will continue to become increasingly vulnerable to social division, mutual distrust and animosity; and

Whereas an appreciation for the accomplishments of Western civilization, including democratic institutions and the rule of law, individual liberty, the concept of universal human rights, the development of science and technology, and religious tolerance can provide this common set of values and purpose;

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that this school board does hereby recognize that teaching young people to have an appreciation of Western civilization is central to the development and maintenance of a vibrant, united and enduring American culture; and

Further resolved, that this school board will ensure that appropriate curricula and textbooks are utilized to instill the concepts, ideals, values and accomplishments of Western Civilization effectively in all students who graduate from our high schools.


 
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