Thoughts on the Fourth of July 

The Fourth of July, Independence Day. We celebrate the founding of a country. Perhaps the best known quote from it is…

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — Declaration of Independence

When I think of this statement, I think of the rich diversity of this country. People from all over the world come and join this country as citizens to start a new life here. It’s their “pursuit of happiness.” As they do this, they bring the richness of their culture, all the best of it, and combine it with the greatness here. I have to believe that this process is what makes us great today. We aren’t just one, we are many, all different, yet all together. This works best when we recognize that “all men are created equal.” 

“For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” — Declaration of Independence

I can’t help but think, today, of my family at home and my family at school. We are culturally different but we are together. They bring their best and their differences, and I hope we do the same and we all grow together. 

“We must be unanimous; there must be no pulling different ways; we must hang together.” — John Hancock

I think it’s important, as a teacher and parent, to recognize and celebrate our differences. I think it’s important to learn from each other. I think we are a better people, a better community, and a better country when we do this. We can also contribute and be part of a better world too. 


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