I sincerely hope, and highly suspect, that my daughter was not rude when she disagreed with you in class today. You know, when you said we live in a democracy and she raised her hand and said, “But we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands. We actually are supposed to be living in a republic.”
You’ll have to forgive her. You see, she was home schooled up until this year, and the curriculum we used? Actually taught her the difference between a democracy and a republic last year, in the fourth grade. It also taught her that the founding fathers feared that the republic they gave us would degenerate into a democracy.
Too bad none of your public school teachers or college professors ever taught you all that technical mumbo jumbo. I mean, obviously they didn’t since you told her and the rest of the class, “Oh, a democracy and a republic are the same thing. They are synonyms.” But maybe you were just sick that day.
I’m not quite sure now what I am going to say to you tomorrow at parent teacher conferences, or if I am just going to avoid you altogether. Really, I don’t want to avoid you since, you know, we are in the second quarter now and L~ is working on her first writing assignment for the year. Don’t get me wrong, you’ve been fantastic with the worksheets and all the artsy craftsy book “projects.” Too bad I couldn’t give a rat’s behind if my child learns how to recycle shoe boxes into pointless clutter (I believe you call these “dioramas”). I would much rather she learn how to write better than she currently does. I think we need to talk about that.
Perhaps you could assign the class a paper on the differences and similarities between a democracy and a republic.
Just an idea. You might find it enlightening.