Legion Post #7 Influence puts patriotism back in West Virginia schools

Frank Bartlett Post #7 historian Dennis Cortes appeared before the Upshur County Commission Thursday morning in regard to an article seen in the national American Legion magazine applauding the post’s efforts in getting patriotism and Americanism returned to West Virginia classrooms. In the article, written by Daniel S. Wheeler, Bob Post, commander of Post #7 is quoted noting that veterans and wars have been overlooked in the educational system, and further noted it is important that history not be overlooked. According to Cortes, the post wrote a resolution in 2008 requesting the West Virginia Legislature legislation requiring the state board of education to mandate a class on patriotism be taught in all Mountain State schools grades K-12. The legislation was passed and started with the 2013-14 school year. Changes were made to social studies classes throughout the state to include the changes to incorporate patriotism education. The changes incorporated depend on the age level of the student and include recognition of various days including Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, President’s Day, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, singing patriotic songs, participating in community events and learning to pay respect to the American flag. Students must now also take the civics portion of the naturalization test used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Cortes noted the local post has been contacted by posts in other state in regards to their pursue the issue in their own states.


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