Msg # 20
Date: 14 May 91 21:55:49
From: Christopher Baker
Subj: President Bush's contribution to education?
the following is from Title 3 - Proclamation 6262 of March 20, 1991:
The President Education Day, U.S.A., 1991
By the President of the United States of America
Today our Nation is engaged in a campaign that must
not and, I believe, will not fail-a concerted, State-
by-State effort to revitalize our schools and to
reach our six National Education Goals by the year
2000. These goals include: ensuring that every child
starts school ready to learn; raising the graduation
[this will be the rate to at least 90 percent; ensuring that American
last reference in students are competent in five critical subjects with
this document to their progress assessed in grades 4, 8, and 12;
any actual secular ranking first in the world in science and mathematics
educational goals.] achievement; ensuring that every American adult is
literate and possesses the knowledge and skills-
including the technical skills-necessary to compete
in the global economy; and making all our schools
safe, disciplined, and drug free.
[so far, so innocuous, eh?]
Achieving these goals is essential if our children
are to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to
enjoy rich, full lives and to become productive,
successful participants in our society. However,
[here it comes] if the application of one's knowledge and
skills is to be truly fruitful and rewarding, it
cannot be divorced from high moral purpose.
In the hands of those who lack fundamental moral
[uh, oh] direction, these powerful tools can readily become
useless-or even destructive.
Therefore, we must continue to recognize the
importance of moral instruction as we seek excellence
in American education.
[this from the guy who supports block grants to education that can be
delivered to parochial schools. guess where your tax dollars are headed?]
Public as well as private institutions of learning
[private meaning: have both an obligation and a proper interest in
religious?] advancing principles of ethical conduct and moral
virtue. Teachers who demonstrate, by word or example,
the importance of such qualities as truthfulness,
fair play, tolerance, and respect for human life are
among the best role models a child can have.
[religions are filled with truthfulness, fair play and tolerance, yes? and
respect for human life fills the histories of the crusades, jihads, pogroms,
and assorted inquistions and witch hunts as i recall.]
However, moral education begins at home, in the
guidance parents provide for their children, and in
religious institutions, where we learn of God's law
[whose 'God'? what and God's love. The worldwide Lubavich movement,
love?] under the leadership of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson,
has underscored the importance of moral education,
as well as the primary role of parents and religious
institutions in promoting high standards of personal
character and conduct in our society.
[thank goodness for religious institutions without whom our character and
conduct would be so low?]
By equipping our children with the light of moral
[no shortage of instruction and the strong staff of traditional
religious imagery] family values, we help to guarantee them safe passage
on their life's journey. As Scripture says, "Train up
a child in the way he should go, and, when he is old,
he will not depart from it."
[in other words, inculate early and they will never be troubled by the facts
nor dissuaded by any amount of common sense?]
Moral education is vital, not only to the personal
well-being of our children, but also to the
preservation of civil order and justice. Our Nation's
[finally got to the Judeo-Christian heritage, affirmed in its founding
point of his subtle documents and in the traditional values that remain
push, eh?] the heart of America, goes hand in hand with the
success of this great yet precious experiment in self-
government. Thus, moral education in keeping with that
heritage is one of the most important and enduring
investments we can make in the future of our children
and the Nation. As Daniel Webster once noted:
If we work upon marble, it will perish; if on
brass, time will efface it; if we rear
temples, they will crumble into dust; but if
we work upon immortal minds, and imbue them
with principles, with the just fear of God and
love of our fellow men, we engrave on those
tablets something that will brighten to all
[so Daniel Webster thinks 'God' should be part of education, too? is that
what you're saying here, George?]
The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 104, has
designated March 26, 1991, as "Education Day, U.S.A."
and has authorized and requested the President to
issue a proclamation in observance of this day.
[does this suggest the collusion of Congress to diefy public education and
the public record?]
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the
United States of America, do hereby proclaim March
26, 1991, as Education Day U.S.A. I call upon all
Americans to observe this day with appropriate
ceremonies and activities.
[possibly a parade for the Pope would be in good taste?]
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twentieth day of March, in the year of our Lord
[making sure to link nineteen hundred and ninety-one, and of the
'Lord' and America Independence of the United States of America the two
one last time?] hundred and fifteenth.
straight out of the Federal Register, Vol. 56, No. 56, Friday, March 22,
this is not what i pay my government to indulge in.
--- D'Bridge B1046/00R
* Origin: Rights On! - Free of Religion! - Titusville_FL_USA (1:374/14)