Accelerating Our Teaching with Technology
An amazing thing has been happening in America since the last general election. I do not speak of the seemingly unending proposals which tear at the very foundations of our republic and which are designed to move this country hard to the left. This has been going on for decades. Even though there were a few warning voices, most Americans were not that concerned and apparently thought that this is the way things have to be in our modern age. But with the acceleration of these socialistic efforts, we are seeing our fellow Americans, even some of those who haven't been too concerned in the past, finally becoming very afraid at what is occurring. Apparently the speed at which this is all happening is revealing the true motives of those who want to permanently change America 's formula for freedom, prosperity, and peace. It is literally scaring more people than ever. What I am referring to are the thousands of sincere, freedom-loving people who are waking up to what is happening and have decided to do something about it. All this brings to mind the stirring words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence when he described how people will take abuses only so far and for so long. Said he:
". all experience has shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
"But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."
If there is a silver lining to all that is happening, it must be that more and more people are waking up to the stark reality of the real possibility of losing our freedom and liberty. Perhaps that is why one woman who called recently said, "I have been a mere observer for too long. I have been silent for too long. I must get off the fence and do something!"
The Need for Universal Education
Scores of thousands of Americans are now reading The 5000 Year Leap . Among the principles of liberty, which the Founders said was essential to freedom, was education. Concerning education, the Founders felt that, "A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education." (Principle 23) The English colonists in America undertook something which no nation had ever attempted before -- educating the whole people. The colonists had a sense of "manifest destiny" which led them to believe that they must prepare themselves for a most unique and important role in the unfolding of modern world history. Universal education was therefore considered an indispensable ingredient in this preparation.
De Tocqueville Comments on American Education in 1831
Gradually, the zeal for universal education spread from New England to all of the other colonies. By 1831, when Alexis de Tocqueville of France visited the United States , he was amazed by the fruits of this effort. He wrote:
"In New England every citizen receives the elementary notions of human knowledge; he is taught, moreover, the doctrines and the evidences of his religion, the history of his country, and the leading features of its Constitution. In the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts , it is extremely rare to find a man imperfectly acquainted with all these things, and a person wholly ignorant of them is a sort of phenomenon."
Education Includes Morality and Politics
He then went on to comment concerning the close relationship between the program of universal education and the preservation of freedom:
"It cannot be doubted that in the United States the instruction of the people powerfully contributes to the support of the democratic republic; and such must always be the case, I believe, where the instruction which enlightens the understanding is not separated from the moral education.... An American should never be led to speak of Europe , for he will then probably display much presumption and very foolish pride.... But if you question him respecting his own country, the cloud that dimmed his intelligence will immediately disperse; his language will become as clear and precise as his thoughts. He will inform you what his rights are and by what means he exercises them; he will be able to point out the customs which obtain in the political world. You will find that he is well acquainted with the rules of the administration, and that he is familiar with the mechanism of the laws.... The American learns to know the laws by participating in the act of legislation; and he takes a lesson in the forms of government from governing. The great work of society is ever going on before his eyes and, as it were, under his hands.
"In the United States , politics are the end and aim of education...." (See The 5000 Year Leap , p 252-254)
NCCS Inundated with Teaching Requests
A wise leader once advised that the best way to organize and lead people to do good is to teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves. The National Center for Constitutional Studies is an organization that teaches principles, so that no matter what the issue is people can apply a principle to it and have a solution. Perhaps that is why NCCS seminars have become so popular with people who are looking for answers.
Our seminars as presently scheduled may be found on our website atwww.nccs.net . As you can see we have seminars scheduled all over the country and every available Saturday throughout the year. In many cases we are teaching seminars in several places at the same time. But still the requests keep coming in nearly every day. Some of them come from urban areas and some come from areas that are difficult to get to in a few hours. We will continue to schedule as many live seminars as possible, but we have many requests that we have not been able to schedule. We appreciate you patience. Some have volunteered to learn the material well enough so that they can teach it to groups in their own area. We will work with anyone who wants to do this. There is no magic to learning to teach the Founders message. One must study and then teach it. We at NCCS believe that there are no "experts" when it comes to the Founders message. It is simple enough to be understood and taught by most people. We believe we should get in the habit of thinking that Americans should be teaching one another the doctrines of freedom and liberty. So we encourage any and all to do so.
One thing that is sometimes on the mind of would-be-teachers is the remuneration available for doing so. We believe, as is emphasized in the third principle of liberty, that this is a cause, not a job. No one gets paid for teaching the Founders' message. We have separate means of support and do this work because we, like you, love America , and wish to see it strengthened and preserved. We do, however, hope to recover our expenses as we go around the nation teaching these seminars.
Announcing "The Making of America Webinar" Series
As can be seen in the current happenings in Iran where the regular channels of media have been silenced, the use of technology is both powerful and effective in combating the growth of tyrannical rule both at home and abroad.
In addition to our live seminars, we are announcing the beginning of seminars over the internet called "webinars." They will begin on the first Tuesday in July and continue each Tuesday for the first four Tuesdays of each month. We will teach our regular Making of America seminar but divide it up into four parts, presenting one part each Tuesday evening for four Tuesdays and then repeat the four parts again each month. It will also give an opportunity for participants to ask questions and have them answered during or after the formal presentation.
As with our Saturday seminars, we will make available to our participants the fill-in-the-blank study guides for that evening. Each participant may go to our NCCS website and download the applicable pages to the next Tuesday's webinar. In that way, each participant will have the material he or she needs for the meeting without having to wait for an order to be delivered. There is no cost for these webinars.
Here is a summary of the subjects covered in each of the four parts:
The Making of America , Part I (first Tuesdays)
Few Americans today know the real story of how America was made. The struggle of the Founders through 180 years to discover the ideas of freedom will give you a deep appreciation for these people. As each American today experiences this amazing story, he will want to become an advocate and a teacher of America 's formula for freedom.
The Making of America , Part II (second Tuesdays)
In this session we will learn why the Founders called the study of politics a "divine science." This concept surprises most Americans, but those who hear the story of where the Founders got their great ideas gain a great new hope for America today. One man said, "This is what I always felt inside, but I just have never heard it put in words before." Also, we will discover why most people in history seem to have to go through a very rough period in order to have the perspective to really appreciate freedom.
The Making of America , Part III (third Tuesdays)
In Parts I and II we learned the development of good constitutional ideas in the minds of the Founders. Now in Part III we undertake the study some of the more profound provisions of the magnificent document we call the Constitution of the United States . We will point out original intent and it will be very apparent how far we have strayed by the examples we give. This is the point that participants begin to ask themselves how we could have gotten so far off base!
The Making of America , Part IV (fourth Tuesdays)
We continue our study of the greatest freedom document ever written by man. Participants come away with the definite impression that the Founders really did have answers to nearly every problem we have in America today. This document is simple, yet profound. It is beautiful and its principles are universal and everlasting. This concluding session contains ideas and suggestions of what citizens can do now that they know somewhat about the freedom document that made the first free people in modern times.
Are you ready to learn from the Founders in the comfort of your own home? What could be easier than forwarding an email invite to your friends? Make sure NCCS has your email address so we can send you the real invite in a few days. (Go to www.nccs.net/seminars/ for more information and to sign up.)
Here is a sample invite you will receive by email a few days before the first webinar. When you receive the actual invitation, you will want to forward it to everyone on your own email lists. Time listed is Mountain Standard Time or Arizona time (which never changes):
The Making of America , Part 1 of 4
We look forward to participating with you on the webinar beginning on July 7th.
Earl Taylor, Jr.