“The measure of a civilization is how we treat the weak, the dependent, the helpless and the ill.”
—Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Dr. Laura Program, March 24, 2005
On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo died. She was the tragic victim of the first-ever American civil court case that ended with a pronouncement of death—despite the fact that she had never been charged with a crime.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
—John Adams, President of the United States, 1797–1801
Perhaps this quote by John Adams, one of our nation’s most influential founding fathers, highlights the critical point to which we have come in America.
Last October, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeal of the same-sex marriage question. In a stunning turn of events late last week, the Supreme Court has reconsidered and has now agreed to take up the issue this term.
“Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
—Northwest Ordinance, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1787
Every day, millions of America’s children and teens walk out their front door and into a school environment that is supposed to prepare them for life. From an academic standpoint, the debate has raged for decades as to how successful our schools are at putting out graduates who are prepared for the college and job market into which they are thrust.