• Carly Peeters

The Importance of Independence

Happy Fourth of July!

I recently discovered that many of our founding fathers did not believe Independence Day should be on the Fourth of July. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife declaring that “July 2 would be the most memorable epoch in the history of America”, because July 2 was the day Congress formally claimed independence from Great Britain. However, the Declaration of Independence still had to be revised, and thus was not officially publicized until the Fourth of July, which has now become one of the most popular holidays in the country.

But regardless of their disputes over when the holiday should be celebrated, Independence Day celebrates one of the most important values of American society: independence.

Independence is a wonderful thing if the person is well prepared to function on their own, and they possess the skills they need to be successful. Literacy is one of these key skills, and it can severely impact the outcome of someone’s life.

John Adams started his education at an early age, and he was able to develop exceptional literacy skills. His love for literacy led him to be a very dedicated diarist and correspondent, which left an invaluable historical record of what went on during the revolutionary time period. These important skills also allowed him to be part of the Congress that determined the future of our country, so imagine if he wasn’t literate and wasn’t able to be on the committee!

Literacy is, and always will be, an important part of someone’s independence. It allows them to comprehend ideas and information that has been presented to them, and then draw their own conclusions.

By starting a child early through reading, parents can help them begin their journey to independence. As they get older, children begin to develop their own ideas, and having a growing mastery of language allows them to discuss these ideas with others.

However, the personal independence and financial freedom one can get from being literate is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s the kind of gift that builds societies.

Now go forth and enjoy the fourth!

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