This from a speech Newt Gingrich gave on what should be done in American schools:
10. Insist on paying great teachers a lot more and releasing bad teachers before they can cripple the future of the children they serve.
12. Insist on reasserting American Exceptionalism by having every student in taxpayer-financed schools, whether K through 12 or in the state college and university systems, have a brief course annually on the Declaration of Independence, its assertion of self-evident truths, and its declaration that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The time has come to reassert that we are Americans, and America is a learned civilization.
I'm good on the first one but the second? Yes, we are the great nation ever created, the most favored people to ever walk the earth, blah, blah, blah. ( I'm not sure but I think America and civilization in one sentence is an oxymoron.) Maybe not.
Bless the U.S. AND every other country on the planet. So there, Newt.