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Indispensable Leadership
Volume 117, Program 41
10/28/2013
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Who was America’s greatest homeschooler? Some say it was George Washington. Join host Mike Smith on today’s Home School Heartbeat to decide for yourself.

Mike Smith:
Born February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, George Washington was by all accounts the indispensable man of the American Revolution.

America’s birth was a desperate struggle against overwhelming odds. A ramshackle band of colonists, many—though not all—desired to break away from the growing tyranny of British rule. Washington, with his ragtag army, defeated the strongest military power in the world—the British.

But with military success came governmental responsibility. His presence at the Philadelphia constitutional convention enabled the various groups to be drawn together, and, despite the divergence of opinion, Washington was able to provide the final approval for the Constitution.

By his efforts, a first-of-its-kind new nation with a republican form of government was founded. The experiment in self-government based on liberty and religious freedom would proceed without being snuffed out by the tyrannical foreign rule.

Washington was known for his character and integrity. He did not seek power and accepted the call to the presidency with reluctance. Washington’s restraint, his daring, and his wisdom have touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

America owes its very existence to one of the greatest homeschoolers of all time.

And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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