Earlier in July we celebrated the signing of the declaration of independence.  A document written by men worthy of being called “leaders” far more than those we now see every day on cable news.  Men who sought Divine Guidance instead of wondering how many follow them on Twitter.

The first line of the second paragraph of this document captures the essence of what this country is supposed to be all about when it declares, “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.”

Couple this with the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and your moral compass is pretty well complete.

No where do you find better examples of these than in the classroom of a public school.

A plaque at the Statue of Liberty says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”  These words describe what public schools are all about.

As I am constantly dumbfounded by news from Washington and the on-going efforts to polarize our country even more, I wonder if public schools aren’t the last real bastion of democracy we have.

Where else do we work so hard to “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.”

Where else do we have people working so tirelessly to make “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” a reality?

School bells will soon ring for a new year across Alabama.  And again public educators will hold high the torch of liberty.

You represent the best this country has to offer.  God bless you in your work.