ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Know America Project - KAP

Updated on March 25, 2019
jackclee lm profile image

Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

This project is a proposal I am making to help fix our current crisis in the public education system. It seems to me, the only way to change course is to target a segment of our population, mainly the youth of America. They have not been taught about our rich history and why we are where we are. I called this “Know America Project” because we need to teach our youth about America, who we are and what we belief. Our unique history in shaping the course of the world we live.

- Mar. 2019

Background

I am a conservative and also pragmatic. I always try to look for solutions to our common problems. One particular troubling issue has to do with our current public education system. It seems to me, they are not fullfilling their main task of teaching the next generation the history and civics of our nation. To try and fix this, I am proposing a national project to educate our youths. I am targeting students between the ages of 15-22 since they are the new crop of citizens that will be the leaders of tomorrow.

This project will cover a wide range of topics that I believe are missing from our current curriculum.

Here is a list of topics...

  • history of our founding
  • the Constitution and civics
  • World history
  • other competing countries...(Finland, Sweden, Norway...)
  • Slavery and race relations
  • economics
  • finance
  • Judeo Christian philosophy and religion
  • the scientific method
  • mathematics
  • computer programming and logic
  • the role of media
  • American Exceptionalism

This project will also include a field trip. I am convinced that people learn best from first hand experience. In order for the youth of America to learn about humans around the world, they need to travel to some of those places.

As part of the KAP, I am proposing that each student spend 3 months living abroad all expenses paid in a country of their own choosing. This will give them a comparison between our country and that other country whereever it is.

Think of this as a field trip to seek out the truth. Which country is the best? All things considered.

The other aspect of this program is teaching the unvarnished truth of our past. The good, the bad and the ugly.

We have come a long way from the Mayflower. There were many lessons learned and some mishaps. The students needs to know the truth.

This project will also serve to prepare these students for the modern world. They will learn skills that are relevant to the 21st Century. They will learn to be self reliant and contribute to our society as a citizen of the greatest country the world has known.

What Is Wrong With America Today?

This is an observation made by me over the last two decade. We have seen a coarsening of America in many ways. The politics have been so divisive. The media has lost its objectivity. The people have been so deceived by the “power that be.” The government institutions have been politicized. Some examples of things that are not going well, the canary in the mines.

  • Fake news abounds.
  • Close elections that are settled by just a handful of votes.
  • Elected officials doing the bidding of the lobbyists against the will of the people.
  • Fiscal responsibility goes out the window
  • Scandals by our government officials without accountability

Ideas on Funding?

This KAP, as envisioned, will be privately funded. It is our responsibility to teach our youths and pass on the legacy that was given to us. This chain was in place for the greater part of our country’s history. In recent times, the chain seems to be broken for a mass group of our students especially from the inner cities. I blame this on the public education system as currently implemented and supported by the powerful Teacher’s Union. They have failed us.

I am seeking the formation of a non-profit institution, funded by Americans from all walks of life and from private companies and other non-profit foundations. The teaching sessions may be conducted by volunteers and professionals and at local community centers and churches and synagogues.

I do not seek or want the federal or local govenment involved. They will screw it up as they have done with so many of our other institutions.

This program is also voluntary and open to all students between the ages of 15-22 with parental permission required for kids under the age of 18.

The estimated cost of this project is $300 Billion. I am assuming there are 30 million students between the ages of 15-22 and that it would cost $10,000 per person to send a student overseas for 90 days.

The $300 Billion is the start up estimate. Once underway, each additional year will require additional $40 Billion.

Curriculum

Here are the general areas -

1. US History

2. World History

3. Comparative Religion

4. Economics

5. Personal Finances

6. Comparative Countries

7. Legal immigrant’s experience

8. Sciences and the Scientific Method

9. Applied Mathematics

10. Field Trip

Wrap up

Some Sources of Resources

Over the years, I have come across several organizations that are ideal for resources of this type. The Heritage Foundation is one and Hillsdale College is another. Both are Conservative institutions that have educational material to teach about our history and our civics. When in doubt, go to the source. Our Constitution is our guiding principle and it is a short document written in plain English. It was designed so that an average citizen with basic understanding of our language can read it and understand it. It is not a legal document. It is a contract between the people and the government they elected.

In addition, there are plenty of material saved in our national archives that document our founding fathers and their thoughts and writings. They can provide great insight as to their thinking when drafting and debating the Constitution.

We hear about the interpretation of the Constitution by our judges and what they are trying to determine the “original intent” of our founding fathers. No better source than their own words.

The Goal of KAP

The ultimate goal of this project is to sell America.

The American people needs to be educated, and it starts with the next generation. It is my contention that adults are already set in their ways. They have been indoctrinated in their thinking and it is almost impossible to change.

It is hard for anyone to admit to themselves that they have been wrong all their lives.

For the youth of America, they have a new opportunity to learn about our past and then be proud to be Americans and will carry us forward into a new generation of Americans. The Know America Project will educate the youth of America with the goal of selling the American dream and ideals.

Summary

This project proposal is a work in progress. This is my first attempt to put something down on paper. I have been thinking about this idea for some time. What is the best way to affect change? And have the most impact long term.

I always believed in the power of knowledge. With the right knowledge, all things are possible.

This is just a first draft at a concept. I hope to fill in the details over the next few months. I welcome suggestions and comments.

My Beliefs

  • America is unique and a noble nation but not perfect
  • We are the shining light on the hill, source of liberty and freedom
  • We are no longer a racist nation and have put slavery and race discrimination behind us
  • We are the greatest economic engine in the world and have brought wealth and mobility to a large number of people
  • We have the strongest military in the world and are trying to achieve peace through strength
  • We are the envy of the world and why so many wants to immigrate here
  • We are a just nation with blessings from God since our founding over 200 years ago

I Could Be Wrong...

I am open to the idea as some suggested that people may reach a different conclusion. Even after attending this program, they may decide Finland is a better model to live by. I am perfectly fine with that. At least they would have learned the difference and given free choice, they are free to choose.

My contention is they need to learn before they can make an informed choice. Unlike today where they are indoctrinated by their liberal teachers to think otherwise.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jack Lee

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting Jack. Our school is pretty unique. Very high on the diversity scale. (including ESL and impaired). We are just mid range on the language and mathmatics scoring. And that is clearly a reflection of the diversity and a curiculum that puts some empasis on your subjects. In third grade my son can name political leaders some good history and bicameral representation. He can go all community, city, county, state, region and Nation.

      But probably most that is me. Schools have trouble. Parents and projects need to step up to the plate. Good thoughts here.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)