Daily Bread for 10.4.21: The Basis of a Civics Syllabus for Whitewater’s Schools

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will see scattered showers with a high of 68.  Sunrise is 6:56 AM and sunset 6:29 PM for 11h 32m 49s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 5.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

 On this day in 1957, Sputnik 1 becomes the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.

 The New York Times editorial board writes Jan. 6 Was Worse Than We Knew:

However horrifying the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol appeared in the moment, we know now that it was far worse.

The country was hours away from a full-blown constitutional crisis — not primarily because of the violence and mayhem inflicted by hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters but because of the actions of Mr. Trump himself.

In the days before the mob descended on the Capitol, a corollary attack — this one bloodless and legalistic — was playing out down the street in the White House, where Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and a lawyer named John Eastman huddled in the Oval Office, scheming to subvert the will of the American people by using legal sleight-of-hand.

Mr. Eastman’s unusual visit was reported at the time, but a new book by the Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa provides the details of his proposed six-point plan. It involved Mr. Pence rejecting dozens of already certified electoral votes representing tens of millions of legally cast ballots, thus allowing Congress to install Mr. Trump in a second term.

A good education requires the right lessons, well taught. A new athletic field may be useful, but it’s not an education. Flooding social media with photos of smiling students may seem useful, but it’s not an education. (A map, after all, is not the terrain.)  Insisting that all positions are equally respectable may seem convenient, but it’s an abdication of moral responsibility.

Decades ago, it was that era’s traditional conservatives who rightly insisted there was no moral equivalence between America and the Soviet Union. Decades later, the populist conservatives wrongly insist that their views are — and must  — be accorded the same respect as any contrary, reasonable positions.

No and never.

There is a constitutional order, and there are those who fought to destroy it.  There is sound medicine and there are those who tragically eat horse paste.  There is free speech and there are those who seek opportunistically to restrict debate.

While the conservative populists tantrum, and some others look away, there are yet more of us who remember.

And so, and so, in a true defense of a worthy education: craft civics lessons using the facts of January 6, 2021.  

Truth, herself, wrote the syllabus; teachers, principals, and superintendents need only follow the text.

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