Stuff White People Say

October 13, 2008

“But if a person does not at least love American ideals,…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jwbe @ 9:55 pm

…I guess I have nothing in common with that person.”

A comment by a commenter on the blog of “The Indignant White Male” inspired me to search for “American ideals” with yahoo and I stumbled upon this:

The following article is actually a portion of a journal entry written by a student who went on the field trip to Washington, D.C. last June with Patty Huey and Laurie Akehurst. Each student who went on the trip was asked by his or her teacher to keep a daily journal. Since the students were virtually surrounded with history, patriotism, American monuments and discussions on our Christian American heritage, the teachers encouraged the students to share their thoughts on America, what being an American means and the uniqueness of our country. We urged the students to share their deep innermost thoughts rather than simply writing down the happenings of the day. Eddie Hahn’s journal entry, we felt, accomplished this goal. Eddie Hahn, who is 15 years old, has been homeschooled since first grade. – Patricia Huey, Teacher Consultant

By: Eddie Hahn, Student

“The American dream: life. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These ideals make America unique. The ideals of a country are what drive it towards its destiny. Of course, one country’s ideals are affected by another country’s ideals, such as the Germany-U.S. conflict of ideals in World War II. The ideals of those countries actually determined the outcome of the conflict. God’s will determines all, and God has put into place ideals to influence his people so that they can overcome their adversaries.

This is what separates America from any other nation– her ideals! America is one of the only Christian nations left on earth; from her beginning she has been shaped and guided by Christian ideals and dreams, by Christian hopes and optimism, by Christian desires for unity between brothers and sisters, by Christian faith that binds together in fighting its enemies, by Christian ideas of justice, equality and mercy, and by Christian ideas of striving for significance in life and love for one another.

These ideals are why America has had such culture clashes in its history. America has gone against communism because communism requires unity of purpose between people who have no real connection and do not care about each other; therefore, there is no real unity. This very idea of not caring for one another is what caused the evil of slavery in our country, which America fought against and continues to fight against. Americans realize that slavery violates human rights. Rights are not guaranteed in other countries. In fact, people can continue to live even without them. But without certain rights, life is not life in the true spiritual sense. The American ideal shows that living without certain rights is not a life worth living. Without these rights, we cease to be truly free.

American ideals allow God to provide for and guide them in the search for true freedom. American ideals and freedom are truly unique on earth. I, for one, am proud to be a part of this great nation. ”

I will withhold any comment here, but what do some American students learn at school?


  1. Are you asking for a contrast between homeschooled student who wrote the essay vs. students who attend public or private schools?

    Comment by nquest2xl — October 14, 2008 @ 1:03 am | Reply

  2. yes it would be interesting if there is a standard what students at age 15 should know

    Comment by jwbe — October 14, 2008 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  3. I don’t know how homeschooling works but I’d venture to say the type of emphasis on Christianity (and the “clash of cultures” idea) came from his homeschooling and wouldn’t necessarily reflect what kids are taught in school buildings. Regular school students would know of the Judeo-Christian tradition and Christianity’s influence or prominence from that perspective and they would learn about the Puritans, Quakers, etc. of early “America.”

    But to Dennis’ rather typical idea… I’d really like to get someone to explain to me why White people’s concept of America as the “greatness” nation that has fixed or tried hard to fixed any problems (read: racism) she’s had is so important to their White identity.

    It’s like school team spirit… The idea that America has “losses” on her team’s record is something they find too hard to except. I just don’t understand it anymore than I can understand fans viewing a team’s 11 win, 1 loss season a disappointment to the point where the fans are hostile of any criticism of the team’s or coach’s role in that loss.

    Comment by Nquest — October 14, 2008 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  4. what I don’t understand that somebody has to glorify his/her country to be able to like it or so.
    In Germany, some years ago, during the soccer world championship, many Germans put the German flag on their cars. People of other nationalities did the same, so it was at least balanced. There was some sort of excitement by the media and people, that Germany finally would find back to a ‘healthy patriotism’. I don’t know what’s healthy with patriotism and how flag waving could signal somebody’s ‘love’ for the country.
    And how is criticizing the wrongs in one country a synonym of not ‘loving’ a country?
    And this American freedom (“American ideals and freedom are truly unique on earth.”), I didn’t travel around the world but visited some countries and the most confining was America

    Comment by jwbe — October 14, 2008 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  5. Wow.

    Comment by Restructure! — October 21, 2008 @ 3:11 am | Reply

  6. what is ‘wow’?

    Comment by jwbe — October 21, 2008 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  7. There are so many things wrong with the journal entry, the teachers who chose it as the ‘winner’, and the example it sets for other children.

    Comment by Restructure! — October 26, 2008 @ 3:54 am | Reply

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