It is disconcerting to note how little some of our next generation know about their heritage and how the focus of our republic has changed over the past 225 years, but I am not without hope. If one in four teen-agers doesn't know from which country we declared independence or that the Declaration was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 (the July 3 edition carried a story on the results of a Colonial Williamsburg Foundation history survey), that means that three in four teen-agers do have at least some understanding.
I am proud to say that my kids have that knowledge and understanding. While their mom and I can take some of the credit for that, I have to give credit to their teachers at Brentwood High School. My son had a part in this year's musical production - '1776' - and he learned a great deal about this nation's founding, both from the play itself and from the director.
As a Boy Scout leader, I have had the privilege of working with several young men who had more than a passing understanding of freedom and liberty as they entered into adulthood. I am optimistic about the upcoming generation.
As long as we adults teach our kids about freedom and the responsibility that goes with it, I think that America will endure.
Thanks again for the July 4 editorial pages!
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