We can still look to Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Finch as heroes—flawed mortals who did noble work and made America (or Maycomb, Alabama) better—without endorsing their personal prejudices. No doubt, 200 years from now, our own descendants will look back at us with shock at some of the things we believe today, so we should be careful only to measure judgment with the same mete by which we ourselves are prepared to be measured.
While Mr. Jefferson’s plan was revolutionary for his era—a time when relatively few individuals received any formal education–it’s difficult to imagine that this same system would be sufficient to “illuminate” the minds of 21st Century students who live in a more urban, complex, globalized, post-industrial Virginia.
We, as Republicans who revere Mr. Jefferson’s passion for liberty, should also share his zeal for maintaining, supporting, and constantly improving a high-quality public education system.
Less than one week since he announced his retirement, the Republican race to replace Del. Lacey Putney is already well underway with three announced candidates.
After nearly 30 years representing the people of Virginia’s 4th House District, Democratic incumbent Joe Johnson announces that he will not run for another term in 2013.
Del. Lacey Putney has caucused with the Republicans since leaving the Democratic Party in 1968. Now, after decades of running as an Independent conservative, Del. Putney says he will run as a Republican should he decide to stand for re-election this fall.
Recognizing teachers as “an essential pillar to developing a world class education system in the Commonwealth,” Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared 2013 “The Year of the Teacher.”
When thieves destroyed a Lynchburg-area church’s 40-year old nativity set, a community could have lost its Christmas spirit and its faith in humanity had it not been for the kindness of an anonymous stranger.