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This book serves three purposes. First, to show how Jefferson’s concern about being educated to recognize tyranny against our democracy applies in our current generation, and during the generation of students who are now in school. Second, to illustrate how current students must be our new heroes. Third, to give twenty specific study skills to help those students find their hidden abilities to learning success.
This is a companion book to my novel, America 20XX: The New World Order. This novel demonstrates what can and might happen if our students are not educated enough to recognize this tyranny. These are perilous times for America. We must all be prepared to recognize these changes, and be prepared to defend the principles of our U.S. Constitution.
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A new education book that not only gives twenty important study skills for young students, but also explains why learning is important to protect our country.
America is under attack. America has always been under attack. America will likely continue to be under attack. Our attackers are not those who threaten us with military force. Presently, we are well prepared to fend off an enemy who is seen - one who can be defeated on the battlefield. Our enemy is more insidious, and often supported by those within our government who are responsible for preventing that danger.
Thomas Jefferson warned us of this danger early on, even while the U.S. Constitution was being written. One of his major concerns was that if citizens were not educated to recognize tyranny they might not be able to recognize it; not if it occurred, but when it occurred. He knew the democratic principles of our republic would be challenged. The United States still has not established a basic principle, a standard, that guides our education purpose. This has been the primary reason our education efforts, our education system, continues to fail our students.
Okay, so you are a student in the fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade and you wonder why school and learning stuff is so necessary. Everybody tells you itís so important, but you already know how to read, write, and count. You probably ask why you should keep studying so hard trying to learn more when you already know how to read and count.
Maybe thatís true. Maybe if you can just read and count you can get by in society. Maybe you can find a job that pays someone who can just read and count. That job might be enough to let you survive and get by, or it might be enough if you always have to ask your parents or other relatives to help; to give you money when you need it to pay rent and buy food. Maybe you can just survive by just reading and counting, but is that enough to make you happy? Is that enough to be able to help your friends when they need help?
Being able to read and count is very important. Long ago it was even enough to get a good job if you knew someone who would let you try that job to prove how effective you were. Now there are so many people who can read and count and do so much more that most good jobs are reserved for them. An employer always asks, ďWhy should I hire someone who can barely read and count when I have so many other more qualified workers to choose from? Why should I waste my time on someone less qualified?Ē
But, trying to learn more, and do your best, is more than just for getting a good job and having enough money to buy things you need and want. We all look forward to those things as students and even as adults. Itís great to have a nice car, a pretty house, and many good friends. Now, in this current society, having a good education - learning - is becoming even more important. Itís not just for helping you get things. Now, itís for helping you understand more complex and important things to protect your country. Without your country, the United States of America, being preserved in the way our original Founders intended, your children and grandchildren might never feel the freedoms under which you live, today.
One of the great founders of our country was Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, along with others who developed our Constitution, the document designed to guide the way we have freedom and liberty in America without infringing upon otherís freedom and liberty, was greatly concerned about our education system of the future. His strong proposal was that education should be guided by the principle of teaching citizens, children, how to protect themselves against individuals or groups who would use their elected positions to destroy the principles of our Constitution which guarantee freedom and free will to every American citizen. Never has our country, the America we love, been in such jeopardy that Thomas Jefferson warned us about.
As a learning student, you are now the most important citizen to help preserve the principles of our Constitution that protect our American freedom. Now, itís not enough that you just learn how to read and count. Now, you must learn to read, interpret, and understand every word and subtle meaning of our Constitution. Our Constitution and way of life as free citizens are being attacked. This attack is very sneaky and subtle. There are no bombs being dropped; there are no fire alarms ringing; and there is no one yelling, Ďfire.í Our attackers are very sneaky. Their plans donít match their words. They donít yell, ďcharge,Ē that they are attacking.
Those who plan to change our way of life without our approval say nice words that sound really great. They say what we are going to do for more people. They say how we will all be more equal, and how all our work will be more evenly shared. They say they will spread our wealth around to other people. They suggest that those who have more things we all hope to get, like more money, nice cars, and bigger houses, are greedy and selfish and donít care about their fellow citizens. They say nothing about those people having to educate themselves and work to earn those things.
To someone who can only read and count and have not tried to be successful, these things sound really great. It means they can have more success, all the nice things they want, without having to learn more and work hard. They can be successful by learning and working, or by just being lazy and letting our government give them more things most people work so hard to get.
This is the danger and treachery Thomas Jefferson warned us about if education just focuses on reading and counting. Education must also include enough knowledge to defend ourselves against tyranny and treachery. That knowledge means you must understand the underlying and hidden meaning of each word and phrase. People can use nice words and flowery words to make you believe they are trying to do good things for you. Itís only a sneaky way to make you support them, and vote for their ideas. They will promise you anything to make you vote for them, to give them more power.
Conflict of Values
Even though our ancestors worked together to write our Constitution which now protects our freedom, they had many differing opinions during that process. They looked at the same questions and saw many different answers. Some thought it would be better to have a strong central government to make sure citizens of all the states were treated equally. They thought more control would make better democracy.
Others, including Thomas Jefferson, saw a great danger if the central government had too much power. How could citizens defend their freedoms if one central power was in control of everything? What if the leader of that central power was more focused on his own position of power than on allowing more citizens to have their individual power of self determination? What if that central leader with that much power decided to make his child the next leader of America without having elections and votes? Who could stop him?
This difference of opinion regarding a question, how to write the Constitution, is controlled by a conflict of values. Some want others to be allowed to decide their own freedom and destiny; others want to be in a position of power to give it to them. If all leaders were honorable, this would not create the problem Thomas Jefferson anticipated. Everyone could still enjoy liberty and freedom - so long as the leader allows it. The problem is that too much power corrupts the leader. That leader sees and evaluates things only from his or her one view. That view often conflicts with other peopleís views and needs. Eventually, that leader becomes a tyrant. Even a good tyrant restricts the free will of citizens.
When one group, one organization, or one person tries to control the actions and desires of others, that is not the way our Constitution was conceived and written. We each must be allowed to succeed in our own individual way. Others must not determine that route for us, and others should not be in a position to force us to support their success. For example, we should be allowed to go directly to an employer to ask for a job we want. We should not be required to join or ask another control group before we are allowed to ask for that job - to seek that personal success.
Many people with honorable intentions to be good workers for themselves and their employers are not allowed to do that because their future is controlled by another organization that determines their destiny.
To be able to see that burdensome handicap, you must be able to do more than read, write and count. You must learn, and have enough insight and understanding to comprehend how things are merged. In other words, if others are controlling your destiny, you will never have the right success path that will allow you to reach your highest level of happiness. In a group that controls your success, the only one who will be rewarded is the one fulfilling his goals of power and control. You will only be a controlled puppet. The leader of that group just wants more power to control you, and any others he can.
Socialism and Capitalism
To be a hero and to be someone who tries to learn more than reading, writing, and counting, there are two concepts that are very important to understand. These are the concepts of socialism and capitalism.
Our country, The United States of America, and our Constitution, were based on the concept of capitalism. This is also called the Ďfree enterpriseí system. This is based on the idea that each person in the United States is free to decide what job or profession he or she would like to do, and how far they would like to succeed. It means that they can choose to get an education, get a job of their choice, or start a business of their own. They donít have to ask anyoneís permission to make that choice, as long as that activity is legal. Capitalism is a free choice system.
Socialism is completely different. Under socialism, the government controls almost everything. Under extreme socialistic conditions, the government tells you if you can go to school, which school you will go to, if you can go to college, and what job you can have. The government assigns you to a job. Then the money you make is shared with all other workers under that system. If you are lazy and donít like to work, you still get the same pay as anyone who works hard and tries to do his or her best.
Under this system, everybody is treated the same, except for those in charge. They decide what they want and need, and they decide what you need and can have. Ordinarily, those in charge always stay in charge because they never let anyone else have that power position. Socialism means workers have no determination about how much success they will have.
Would you like to work harder than everyone else, then get the same as the others who do nothing? If you decide to do only what the others do, do you think your workplace can be successful? If all workplaces are like that, can your country, America, be successful and allow anyone else to be successful?
These are they basic differences between capitalism and socialism. Socialism is not guided or allowed by our Constitution. Your choice to be a hero will be determined by your respect for our Constitution, your love of your family and friends, and your idea to make America a better place for your children. You must now be a new American hero to protect that Constitution that protects you, your future, your happiness, and our country - our America.
Who do we usually think of when words such as: duty, honor, country, sacrifice, and dedication are used? Itís common to think of people who are in the armed services, military people, since they are on the front lines often exposing their lives to bullets and bombs from dangerous enemies. Once they take an oath to defend our country, they are honor- bound to perform that duty.
Other Americans, merely by the act of not rejecting their American citizenship, are also honor-bound and historically obligated to fulfill that duty. That unspoken oath comes with their acceptance of citizenship. Of course their duty is different, since they donít bear military arms to defend America. Their duty is to contribute something to make America even better and to choose leaders who will be the best to defend America and our Constitution. To do that, they must be educated enough to get a job and to understand when politicians make false promises, or promises to do something that shows disrespect to our Constitution.
As a student, your duty is to help protect our country and make America even better. You will be a real American hero when you study and learn enough to read and write well, understand numbers, and interpret the dangers that threaten America.
Once you understand those dangers, as an America hero you will be able to make the right choices. Those right choices will allow America to still be the great land of opportunity when your children step forward to be more heroes to defend America. Those dangers will not go away. They will always be trying to destroy our freedom. There will always be someone who becomes a leader of America who will not fully support our Constitution. You must be prepared, by learning enough, to recognize them.
Thomas Jefferson will be proud of you when you are able to do this. Other loyal Americans will also respect you and be proud of you when you do your best to become a good citizen and a proud and loyal American.