The Principles of Freedom
Updated: Aug 9, 2022
"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom." - John Adams
Every year Americans are reminded of that initial cause for independence that bestowed upon us the most precious gift of liberty. This day will only be revered if we know and understand the story of courage, sacrifice, and hard work that it took to overcome the chains of oppression. Part of the Roots Farm School mission states, "...the curriculum embodies the rich inheritance of western thought with the instruction that pursues truth, promotes wisdom, virtue, and beauty, creates a pathway to responsibility, and fosters individual initiative and ingenuity." One can trace the roots of our republic back to Ancient Greece and natural law to the Renaissance and John Locke. We highly value our story of independence and aim to instruct our students to do the same.
John Adams also stated, "It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives." This past year has achieved the complete opposite of what Mr. Adams states above. It will take decades to mend the damage done to our children due to the shutdowns and health guidelines. May we learn from our past mistakes and never again allow any authority to reap havoc upon the psychological, physical, and emotional well-being of our children.