Proos supports bills to celebrate Freedom Week and America’s legacy in schools

Sen. John Proos is supporting measures that would honor America by establishing Freedom Week in Michigan and ensure K-12 schools focus their social studies instruction on America’s founding ideals.

“I recently cosponsored legislation to enhance and reinforce the vital role that our schools play in developing good citizens and promoting a thorough understanding of our system of government,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “To foster an appreciation of American liberty in our children, I believe it is vital that their education includes the principles at the heart of our founding, such as those outlined in the Declaration of Independence.

Senate Bill 423 would create the Good Citizenship Act to ensure that public school students from kindergarten through 12th grade have a social studies education is that focused on the core principles of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Michigan Constitution.

Proos also supports SB 121, which would designate September 11 through 17 as “Freedom Week” and encourage Michigan K-12 schools to participate in the week with instruction that promotes an understanding of American history and founding principles.

“Spanning seven days from 9-11 to Constitution Day, Freedom Week will be a time to celebrate the freedom and spirit that built America and all we have been through to preserve this great nation,” Proos said. “Our history is filled with patriots who acted heroically and often died to defend the country they loved. We owe it to their sacrifice to ensure each generation learns about our founding ideals and liberty that made this county great.”

Constitution Day is celebrated throughout the country on Sept. 17, on the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

Both bills have been referred to the Senate Education Committee for consideration.

Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s website at Click on “Podcasts.”