Bluum is fortunate to work with some of the best educators not only in Idaho but in the United States. The most important thing these educators do is help form and shape our future citizens. This work has never been more important as school leader and charter founder Stephen Lambert made clear to his team at Fruitland’s Treasure Valley Classical Academy. It is our honor to share his thoughts with you.
by Ret. Colonel Stephen Lambert | 1-6-2021
Today, the full ugliness of our body politic was on display. The assault on our capitol is reminiscent of the Jacobins and the storming of the Bastille. It is a reminder of the urgency of what we do on a daily basis—to educate and form virtuous citizens for our republic.
Our current state of affairs reminds me of a famous warning from President Reagan: Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it only comes once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.
It is our job to connect the privilege of freedom with the obligation of self-government. There is a reason why self-government is one of our school’s virtues. We want our students to learn what this means both on a personal level as well as on a national level.
Tomorrow, it is inevitable that students will be talking about today. Please refrain from ideological or political conversation. Instead, please seek to elevate the conversation and point to the higher and more noble things.
Consider this famous line from Lincoln’s first inaugural address. It seems appropriate for our currently divided nation:
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passions may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
Treasure Valley Classical Academy