MLK Day: A day to contemplate citizenship and service.

Born: January 15, 1929
Died: April 4, 1968

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?" ----MLK, JR

Historically, the purpose and goal of free public education in America has been literacy.

The creation of a capable, competent, and competitive work force.

There needs to be a shift from emphasis on command of the "three Rs" to emphasis on command of the principles of citizenship in a democracy.

Young people need to graduate from high school with not only the tools necessary to support and sustain themselves and a family but the tools and implements of citizenship and self governance.

Students should be required to demonstrate sufficient command of the information and knowledge needed to exercise their rights, duties, and responsibilities as free, self-governing citizens of a democratic nation.

The survival of American  Democracy demands nothing less.

 "Any individual who is not concerned about his freedom commits an act of moral and spiritual suicide."

----MLK, JR

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Comment by Ron Powell on January 15, 2018 at 9:28am

A few talking points:

Incentivize the requirement by linking eligibility to acquire the drivers license to demonstrable command of citizenship information similar to, (or the same as), that required of people applying to become naturalized citizens....

Withhold such eligibility until the age of 18 or upon graduation from high school...

No HS drop out should be permitted to drive until the age of 18.....

No eligibility for military service or law enforcement without demonstration of command of citizenship information....
(A rudimentary psychlogical profile should accompany such successful demonstration...)

Figure out a way to do the following:

Unification of Individual Identification Documents:

Birth Certificate
Social Security Card
Drivers License
Voter ID
Photo

On one card

Comment by koshersalaami on January 15, 2018 at 10:38am

Unification is dangerous because if you get hacked on one, you get hacked on all. 

Comment by Ron Powell on January 15, 2018 at 10:41am

@ABG;

"can you say fascist?"

There are a number of situations, circumstances, and scenarios in which prerequisites are in place for legitimate reasons and purposes which do not fly in the face of Democratic governance...

Please explain your objection to the "talking points" I listed.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on January 15, 2018 at 11:03am

This may be the first time I've ever agreed with ABG, but I got to ask:

Big Brother much, Ron???

BTW, instead of trying to put all of that info on one card, why don't we go with an identification number tattoo on the forearm of everyone.  That worked for the last guy who suggested something like you are.  ::roll eyes::

Comment by Ron Powell on January 15, 2018 at 11:30am

Unification of Individual Identification Documents:

Birth Certificate
Social Security Card
Drivers License
Voter ID
Photo

On one card

I see your points ..

NOT A VERY GOOD IDEA...

However, as a talking point, something should be done about arbitrary and capricious state VOTER ID Laws....

Comment by Anna Herrington on January 15, 2018 at 11:39am

Maybe I ought to ask what 'self governance' means to you.

I'd agree with schools making sure our own kids know as much about citizenship as those who come here to be citizens are required to know.... as well as specific tools for effective protest when businesses and/or your government are acting unlawfully. and how to know. and effectively document.

And teaching self-governance, if that means, besides many other things I'll no doubt think of later, how to deal with money effectively, how to start and run a business (even if that's not that student's thing, there's incredible knowledge gained and it certainly aids in understanding our world) that includes environmental and social costs not just profit-making, and how to best insure survival of police interaction as well as how to effectively document dealing with any authority. How to deal with privacy issues. How to interact with other humans in a fair and just manner as well as how to proctect oneself against aggression and harassment (not just the boys, not just the girls). 

Thoughts that occur on reading this. (and I still have the flu so I'm still a bit foggy with my thinking...)

And personally, most drivers ought to be 18 before a full on license is given, imho.

Comment by Anna Herrington on January 15, 2018 at 11:59am

"Maybe I ought to ask what 'self governance' means to you."

Not really worded well.

It's such a broad area, self governance - from diet to mental health to dealing with the outside world to financial self sufficiency to dealing with life traumas and unexpected events to .....

Comment by Ron Powell on January 15, 2018 at 12:05pm

@ABG;

The list of talking points is meant to stimulate conversation it is not a hard and fast proposal...

Comment by Ron Powell on January 15, 2018 at 12:07pm

@AH;  Lots to think about and lots to talk about...

Re 18 years old for full driving privileges.... I can go with that.... 

Comment by koshersalaami on January 15, 2018 at 12:19pm

I drove fine at sixteen. Drivers ed was a requirement for a license at that age. 

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