Constitution Week: Rebellion and Division

Author's Note: This post is part of a series looking at resources for teaching children about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day (Sept. 17).Episode #40 of Liberty's Kids picks up where we left off with the episode I shared yesterday about George Washington.In Part 1, we are introduced to Shay's Rebellion and some of the other issues which forces the 13 states into the meeting in convention in the summer of 1787.It also introduces some of the many issues that divided the … [Read more...]

This is Why I am A Feminist

Few people have influenced my life's philosophical work than that of the political philosopher Susan Moller Okin. However, I am not a feminist because of Susan Moller Okin.If you follow this blog, you know I love sharing clips featuring the philosopher Judith Butler. See here, here, and here. As I said on one of posts, " work and thought is very different from that of Butler. However, her approach to gender continues to fascinate me..." Yet, I am not a feminist because of Judith … [Read more...]

Constitution Week: George Washington (Pt. 2)

Be sure to see Pt. 1 first.This entire episode focuses on how the character and temperament of George Washington played a vital role in the peaceful transition to republican democracy after the Revolutionary War. While I think we can be quick to fall into hero worship of the founding figure, I do think that Washington played an import role both for what he did do (as General and by showing up at the Convention) and what he did not do (assume power after the War and stepping down after two … [Read more...]

Constitution Week: George Washington (Pt. 1)

Author's Note: This post is part of a series looking at resources for teaching children about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day (Sept. 17).The cartoon series Liberty's Kids aired on PBS from 2002-2004. It is a historical fiction account of the events of the Revolutionary War and the early United States told through the eyes of Sarah (15), James (14), and Henri (8).Elements of such an approach can be cheesy. However, I think Liberty's Kids does a good job of developing some … [Read more...]

It is Constitution Week: A Preamble!

Actually, Tuesday is Constitution Day. September 17 is the anniversary of the conclusion of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.Tomorrow, I will be posting a number of video resources that I think will be of use to elementary school teachers, homeschool teachers, and anyone looking to talk more about The United States Constitution with their children.I will be sharing some reasoning behind why these are sound resources. I will also share some possible discussion questions. … [Read more...]

Unseen: Some LDS Reflections

We are at war.No, I am not talking about Syria or Afganistan.Instead, there is a war between good and evil.Much of the battles of this war are being fought beyond the human eye. These are the battles for the hearts and minds of humanity. Fighting in these battles are the angles of God on one side and on the other side we have demons led by Satan.How can we protect ourselves that we might not only survive this spiritual onslaught, but also that the side of God will prevail?We … [Read more...]

What is Religious Freedom? A Brief Response

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced yesterday that it was initiating an effort to promote the freedom of religion.Here is a video title "What is Religious Freedom?" released by the LDS Church that addresses the meaning of the freedom of religion and the current status of the freedom of religion.A few quick points:1. I found it interesting that the video provided two arguments or philosophical foundations for the freedom of religion. The first was the natural … [Read more...]