What does the 4th of July mean to you?
As I recently found out not everyone is aware of the text of this document that has helped shape the course of events that have allowed this small group of colonies to become one of the most powerful nations in the world. NPR shared the complete text of the Declaration of Independence a document written over 200 years ago, but some saw it as an attack on the current Trump administration or a call for violent revolution to our current government. Here is the article with some examples of responses to NPR. What should we make of the responses to NPRs posting of the Declaration of Independence?
This week I like many others enjoyed time with family and friends. We watched some fireworks and took a break from work to enjoy the experiences that were available to be present with others. What I found myself conscious of was the fact that I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about why we have the 4th of July as a day off of work and a day we celebrate as a National Holiday. I didn't think about the events that lead up to this day, or the sacrifices that people made to allow us to celebrate our Independence from a government that was tyrannical and unresponsive to the needs of the people. I realize that I didn't take time to reflect on the meaning of this momentous occasion.
Tonight I have just a few questions that don't have to be answered right away. I hope you will take a few minutes or hours or even days to contemplate your responses. We are not in the normal 1 hour time slot as I want to honor the meaning of Independence Day with reflection.
Tonight our chat is going to be just a couple of questions posted and allow you to respond with video responses. This could be you creating a selfie video, or creating a voice over of images that represent your answer, or videos you have found that represent your ideas, or links to resources that fit the situation.
Q1. What does the 4th of July mean to you?
Q2. How do you honor the ideals of Independence Day or the sacrifice others made to allow us to have our freedom?
Q3. Are we, as a nation living up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution?
Q4. How do we instill the ideals of America especially Independence and Freedom into our students so they understand the value of these concepts and act to ensure them for all?
To share your videos - you can create a flipgrid video. This is the first time I am attempting to use Flipgrid, so let the adventures commence! Here is the link https://flipgrid.com/7b976d
Here is the flipgrid for Q2 https://flipgrid.com/2640fd
Q3 and Q4 you can create additional posts to flipgrid, or just create videos or text posts to share your ideas.
You can use flipgrid to create your video, or upload one that you have already made. Join the conversation about what the 4th means to you.