Thursday, November 22, 2012

Give Thanks for American Exceptionalism

We're having a robust debate in Nebraska about including the term "American exceptionalism" in our state education standards, and making the schools commit more directly to teaching it.

The goal is not to brainwash. Students should understand the range of political and economic systems humans have devised. The goal is to make sure American students know why America believes that its system is the best.

Except that it's unclear whether a majority of Americans still believes that limited government under the Constitution as established by the founders is the best system of government. That's why the debate over state standards is of such great consequence.

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