Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

We're Number One!

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

We're Number One!

Article excerpt

It's official, at least in Tavares, Fla.: American culture is the best in the world.

A new Florida law requires students to learn about other cultures. But the Lake County school board proclaimed that teaching "shall also include and instill in our students an appreciation of our American heritage and culture such as: our republican form of government, capitalism, a free-enterprise system, patriotism, strong family values, freedom of religion and other basic values that are superior to other foreign or historic cultures." So much for cultural diversity.

Such nonsense, of course, runs directly counter to the purpose of the state law. The measure is designed to help American students shed their attitude of superiority and insularity and realize that every culture in the world has something to teach every other one. The law said Florida students should "eliminate personal and national ethnocentrism so that they understand that a specific culture is not intrinsically superior or inferior to another. …

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