Monday, July 4, 2016

LTW: #Gifted Minds Can Change the World #Independence #Education

Today is a special day for Americans throughout the world. On July 4th, 1776, the newly formed United States Congress approved the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. There had been several different copies drafted. Thomas Jefferson was a profound gifted writer who could inspire people to act in ways they normally would not just by reading his words.

Thomas Jefferson wrote several drafts of the Declaration of Independence. It was signed by 56 men. These men knew the consequences of their actions. By signing the Declaration of Independence they had marked themselves as traitors of the crown, a death sentence. The video below details the many costs these men took for our freedom.

The Declaration of Independence was declared on July 2, 1776 and was passed by congress on July 4, 1776.

John Adams said on the day it was declared that it was “the most memorable epocha in the history of America.” He wasn't wrong. On July 9, 1776, General George Washington read the Declaration of Independence to the citizens of New York. Inspired by the words, the colonists tore down a nearby statue of King George III. The statue was later melted down and shaped into 42,000 musket balls that were used in the Revolutionary War. The Declaration of Independence has spurred Americans throughout history. 

What was it about the founding fathers that made them capable of inspiring others into doing something that they normally wouldn't do? We don't normally think about the consequences that the patriots could, and some did, endure due to decision to follow these brave men against the tyrannous leadership of King George. Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, were just some of the gifted men who thought ahead of their times. Society didn't always understand their thinking. They didn't fall into the trap what had always been done mustn't change. They wanted to change the world so all generations could benefit from freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Great things can happen when the gifted come together in unity. The founding fathers were able to change the world because they all held one vision of hope for the future. Each man had their own special abilities. On their own, they could create great things but together they were stronger. When placed together, gifted learners can not only inspire others to see a different point of view but change the world. We, as a society, need to keep our minds open to the possibility that gifted thinkers are the agents of change that our society may need. Instead of turning down their ideas, perhaps we should listen and ponder upon them. It is this special population that can create long lasting changes that will better our community.

It's time for a change.

It's time to listen with an open mind.

It's time to accept that the gifted have a place in this world.

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