By The Tribune-Review
Published: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Traversing the Penn Hills middle-school system back in time to 1955, one can recall that our history and social studies teachers required that we deliver the Gettysburg Address in front of the class, in some cases without notes! And oh, how meaningful it was to every one of us present!
But as the headline says on Ralph Peters' “Exclusive to the Trib” column, “The Gettysburg Address wouldn't wash today” (Nov. 17 and TribLIVE.com). Lincoln indeed stood tall in his efforts to become a “uniter in chief” — and genuinely respected the young, principled country and each and every young life lost in a bitter struggle to resolve a harsh chasm in ideology.
Unfortunately, our government leaders and educational system and resulting core curriculum have lost sight of these once-revered values.
Geoffrey J. Gill
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