Those who think public school’s most important function is to impart information need to look a little deeper into what schools teach kid, culture and country.
Remembrance Day assemblies teach Canadian children how to observe Remembrance Day.
They did it well for me – 48 times.
After each of these 48 occasions, I came away from each with a sense of pride, in the contribution of our Canadian soldiers, but also in the appropriate respect with which our young people have learned to treat this day.
Some assemblies were a bit melodramatic, some a bit schmaltzy, some a bit maudlin, and some (especially in High Schools) missed the Remembrance theme among anti-war songs and sentiment. (Ten minutes of “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Imagine” by John Lennon can do that)
But in all 48 Remembrance Day assemblies I watched or organized, teachers and students showed such earnest respect for…
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