About Nancy Salvato
Nancy Salvato is the President and Director of Education and the
Constitutional Literacy Program for
non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) research and educational
project whose mission is to re-introduce the American public to
the basic elements of our constitutional heritage while
providing non-partisan, fact-based information on relevant
socio-political issues important to our country, specifically
the threats of aggressive Islamofascism and the American Fifth
Column. She serves as a Senior Editor for The New Media Journal.
She received her BA in history from Loyola University and her
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from National-Louis
University. She is certified to teach in grades K-9 and 6-12
and as a teacher has worked with students in preschool, 1st,
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th,
9th, 11th, and 12th grades. She
has also worked as an adjunct instructor at the graduate school
level. She continues to augment her education and areas of
expertise by taking college courses and participating in a
variety of workshops.
Nancy Salvato, Senior Editor
The Oath of a Citizen November 6, 2008
The United States of America has in one fell swoop rejected the
status quo and elected the first black president. Now that the
minorities in this country have seen one of their own elected to the
highest office in the land, hopefully we can finally put the race
issue to bed and discontinue the Balkanizing of America. Although we
have our differences, these differences should not be what identify
us. There should not be a hyphen in front of or behind the word
American. Profiling should be left to those who investigate crime.
Although I chose to support McCain-Palin, I feel none of the angst
that my Democratic brethren expressed at President Bushís election.
I am willing to accept Americaís choice in the next leader of this
free country. To be perfectly honest, I am relieved that the sky did
not fall, Chicago did not succumb to rioting, and there is a
relative sense of calm in the air.
Although I wonder who this man is who is going to lead our country
for the next four years, I am choosing to take President-elect Obama
at his word that he will be president of all the people that make up
these United States. I am a realist and I accept that the change he
promised his supporters will occur because we have a Democratic
majority in Congress and a Democratic Executive but I am also
trusting that the Constitution will function as it was intended and
that any substantive change will reflect moderated positions and not
extreme special interests. I fervently hope that this new president
respects the rule of law and comes to understand that it is not the
governmental structure that needs change; it is those who have
abused the power of their office that need to be changed.
To be sure, I have fundamental differences with the party in power.
I absolutely do not want the government to be given more authority
over decisions that I am fully capable of making on my own. I want
to be given the opportunity to choose my own affordable healthcare
and take it with me no matter where I work. I donít want to pay any
more taxes. If Iím going to spend money, I want to choose how it is
spent. I donít agree with entitlement and I donít want to contribute
to those who do not share my work ethic.
It is no secret that those who are successful succeed because they
set a goal and work against all odds to achieve it, sometimes making
large sacrifices. These are people who derive satisfaction from the
challenge and a job well done. This secret to success is something
that needs to be learned in our schools and in our homes.
The most important government mandated change that could take place
is in our institutions of learning. To begin, kids should not be
rewarded just for showing up to school. Public tax dollars should
not be doled out for grades. There are much better ways to provide
incentives. Banking tuition credit at a college would be a much
better way to motivate parents to sit down with their children and
encourage them to do well and work hard in school from day one.
Tutors and after-school programs should be made available to
students who need them. Kids need to be shown the incremental
progress they make, to incentivize them to work harder at school,
which is their job.
Being good at math, science, social studies, or writing should be
recognized as just important an accomplishment as being good at
sports. We must stop inflating grades and socially promoting
students. Sometimes an 8 year old should be working at a 12th grade
level in math and a 1st grade level in reading. This should be
accommodated but not the way itís currently done. Instead of pushing
kids through each grade based on their age, they should be expected
to meet benchmarks in subject areas in order to move to the next
level in that subject. This can happen at varying rates. This would
better serve kids than forcing one teacher to manage all different
learning levels and needs in one class.
If we are to equalize opportunity to realize the American Dream, all
children must be provided the very best educational opportunities to
achieve it. Throwing money at a broken school system wonít create
the kind of change we need. Revamping the way students are passed
through each grade level and changing the way our schools are
managed is what needs to happen. Ridding schools of outdated
textbooks and using modular curriculum and technology will bring us
to the next level. Special interest agendas need to be taken out of
the classrooms. Adults need affordable lifelong opportunities to
continue their education, as well.
I want to see change, too, President-elect Obama. I would gladly
support you if you can help to implement this kind of change.
There are two
things I ask of this new administration. I ask that they respect the
government that was put into place 220 years ago because it allows
us the most freedom to pursue the most happiness without trampling
on othersí freedom and pursuit of happiness. I ask that the
change that can and should help more people realize their dreams not
occur at someone elseís expense. Letís begin the new era of change
by teaching those who cannot fish, how to fish. Someone elseís hard
earned catch should not be used to feed another personís drive and
ambition. This has to come from within.