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What the Fourth of July Means to Me by Diane Ravitch

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'I am very patriotic. I was a child during World War II, when Americans fought for freedom and democracy and to liberate the world from tyranny. I want America to be the America I thought it would be in my childhood. I want it to be a place with “liberty and justice for all.” I want it to be a country where no one is homeless.I want it to be a country where no one goes hungry, where everyone who wants to work can find a job that pays a living wage.I want it to be a country where no one who is ill cannot afford medical care.I want it to be a country where people get enough education to realize their hopes and dreams, without going deep into debt.I want it to be a country where schools cultivate creativity and the joy of learning.I want it be to a country where neighbors help one another and care for one another....

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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