Having the quote variation contest these past two weeks has been a blast! You all are so creative and so much fun. 🙂 Thanks to each one of you for participating through entering a quote, voting, or both! The quote variation that received the most votes is quite appropriate for this blog.
The Winner Is…
#7 | Variation Bookworm
Congratulations Lina-Ruth! You’re the winner of some new-to-you reading material! I’ll be emailing you with more details by the end of the day. The runners up were #5 | Variation Salvation and #2 | Variation Superhero which tied for second place. Awesome jobs Spencer R and proverbs31teen! 🙂
Thanks again to all who participated. Hopefully we’ll be able to do something like it soon. Let me know if you have any ideas.
Watching entries for the Pride and PrejudiceQuote Variation contest role in was so much fun. You all came up with some creative ideas! Now you get to see them all in one spot. Scroll through, pick your favorite, and use the voting form to cast your vote. You can ask people to vote for your quote or support your favorite quote by using the sharing links below each image. (Note: If you use the Facebook share links, be sure to add a note telling your friends which quote you want to support. Facebook does not fill the description in for you.)
Do you know who said this? Keep reading and I’ll tell you.
A few days ago I made a post titled Support the Romeikes. The Romeike’s are a German family who came to the states to escape persecution in their homeland. Several of you clicked through to the petition started on their behalf. Thank you. Today HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) published a video about the Romeikes. I’m embedding it here if you want to watch it.
As soon as Mr. Romeike said, “The government wants the right to impose what they think children should learn.” I knew I’d heard that sentiment before. You read it in the quote posted above. Those words were spoken by a government leader in Germany. Have you guessed who? It was Adolf Hitler.
That’s right. A lot of people don’t know that governmental control of the German youth was a huge part of Hitler’s devastating plan for the Third Reich. And now the German people are fighting this war again. What’s even scarier is that we here in the United States need to fight it too because our government wants the same power. And Hitler was right, whoever controls the education of the children controls the future of the country.
To quote Hitler again:
How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.
We need to think. English statesman Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” He also stated that, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” He was right. On both counts.
Whether or not you support homeschooling, it’s important to recognize that absolute control over education should not be handed over to any government. It led to disaster in Germany and it can easily do the same again. Except this time it could be the downfall of our “bastion of freedom,” the US. Let’s not make the same mistake made by so many people before and during WWII. The mistake of silence. To close, consider this quote from another English statesman, William Wilberforce.
You may chose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know.
The young man looked down from the cart at the people in front of him. Jonah felt his teacher’s eyes meet his own, and for a fraction of a second a smile played on the prisoner’s lips. Then he glanced toward heaven and spoke. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Twelve year old Jonah has an obligation to remain loyal to the King of England, but it’s hard to be a loyalist in 1774. The fact that his beloved school teacher is leaning toward the rebels doesn’t make matters easier for Jonah. For a time he determines to remain neutral, but eventually he will have to make up his mind. What impact will his decision make?
I highly recommend this book. I was crying my eyes out by page six and read the book as much with my heart as my eyes. If you read Spy!, you’ll finish it feeling like you were personally acquainted with Nathan Hale. As John Adams once said,
Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.
Author: Anna Myers
Audience: 9 and up
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Walker Publishing Company
Join me on Wednesday for an interview with author Anna Myers.