Should Schools Teach Patriotism?

Should Schools Teach Patriotism?

            Author Harry Brighouse in the book “On Education,” discusses the question on whether or not schools should teach patriotism. Brighouse is against teaching patriotism in schools.  He believes that we should not manipulate and coerce students to accept the policies that our government has made. Citizens are supposed to respect the rule of law, but they are also asked to evaluate whether their governments policy initiatives are just or not. Brighouse uses autonomy as a measure and argues that anything that runs the risk of endorsing certain opinions over others runs the risk of reducing student autonomy, which is why he is so against teaching patriotism in schools. He feels that if we were to promote patriotism this could make students resent our countries policies, and it could also distort and narrowing children’s viewpoints of the nation.

            I disagree with Harry Brighouse and his ideas about Patriotism.  I believe that as a country we are so dismantled and we need to form some type of unity in order to succeed as a country. I believe the ideas that Brighouse presented are causing the country to lack unity. I think that we should take pride in our country. I think that patriotism means that you have a desire to do right by one’s country and that has a strong positive effect on children.

            Patriotism is a respectful understanding and appreciation of the principles and practices of democratic self-government, which should be woven through the daily life and teachings of public schools. The teaching of patriotism in American schools should not be a separate subject or taught forcefully.  Students who have a solid civic education will study the ideas and institutions of the Founders and learn how democratic institutions work, where they don’t, and how they can be improved. Students who study American history will learn about the sacrifices of previous generations who sought to safeguard our liberties and improve our society.  They will also study about the men and women of all races and backgrounds who struggled to create a land of freedom, justice, and opportunity. Furthermore they will learn too about the failings of our democracy. Here Patriotism comes in because how could we as educators deprive our students of an education that allows them to see themselves as part of this land and its history and culture. Students should be able to love their country like they love their families. I think that those who are patriotic about their country tend to respect those who live elsewhere and also love their respective countries.

            Teachers are responsible for teaching the future citizens of tomorrow.  There are many debates on how we should raise these students. I think that it is our responsibility to teach our students the history of our country.  They need to know where they came from and what our Founders have done for our country. From these lessons stems patriotism, which can only positively influence and help students grow.

What happens when a Lawyer Walks into a Bar?

I just finished watching A Lawyer Walks into a Bar, a documentary that scared the crap out of me. Seriously, imagine spending $300,000 on law school and then not being able to pass the bar exam.
Like it said in the movie, it’s like paying off your mortgage but not being able to live in your house.  This movie focused on the California bar, which is ranked the hardest bar in the US, with only a 39% passing rate.  I anticipate practicing in New York and I believe the New York bar has a lot better passing rate than that, but I know that doesn’t mean this exam will be any easier. I know I have a long ways away from taking the bar, but this movie was very insightful as to what to expect upon graduation from law school.  My goal right now is to  focus on preparing myself for the LSAT exam. Fun- not! I’m going to try to dedicate a minimum of two hours a day studying for this exam. I don’t get how a logic reasoning test is going to predict how i am going to do in my first year of law school? It didn’t work with the SAT’s. I think you should take a test similar to the bar exam to determine whether or not you’ll do good in law school.  I’m signed up to take the LSAT on Feb. 6th, and that’s only a month away. This is the first big step that I’m taking to get into Harvard Law School. I need to score a 165/180 to even be considered a potential candidate. The game is on.

What’s a girl gotta do to get into Harvard Law School?

I just got back from visiting Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a chilly afternoon, but not unbearable. The first challenge of the day was finding parking.  The metered parking all around the town was limited and most spots don’t let you park for more than two hours. One class is longer than two hours so where do the students park? The first stop I had to make was to go and see The Harvard Museum of Natural history. It was unbelievable, full of so many different species of animals that I never knew existed.  I would definitely recommend setting aside at least six hours for visiting the museum.  I got to take a self guided tour of the law school.  I saw law class in action. It’s the winter session, so the classes were very small.  They looked like the average college classroom except that each desk had a microphone attached to it.  I thought of the idea to start this blog to document the activities and various tasks I’ll be taking to get into Harvard Law School. I’ve never written a blog before and i figured that this would be the perfect topic for blogging about.  Is it top secret information? Is there only one specific formula? How unique do you have to be? For who knows the answer to what’s a girl got to do to get into Harvard Law School?