Independence Day was once a noisy celebration: church bells rang, guns were discharged, firecrackers popped in every backyard and alley. Politicians gave stirring speeches to appreciative crowds, and aging veterans proudly squeezed into their service uniforms to march in parades.
Our modern fireworks shows and cook-outs seem to lack the patriotic fervor of those earlier days.
Voices in the blogosphere convey various messages: Colleen Mondor, of Chasing Ray, ponders the universal manifestations of "bravery"; Nancy, the Journey Woman , shares some patriotic poetry; and for those who want to touch the minds of our founding fathers, Resource Shelf links to some primary documents that shaped U.S. history.
Is it possible to retain our national pride while becoming global citizens? Information, communication, and collaboration tools are surely necessary to prepare our students for a Brave New World.