Today we celebrate the birthday of the great President George Washington. I think some states also celebrate the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln or our presidents in general.
I prefer to keep the day's celebrations focused on Washington, a man who somehow becomes more impressive the more I learn about him. We take the kids to visit Mt. Vernon somewhat regularly. My husband enjoys learning about Washington's whiskey distillery, which was the largest in the United States at the time.
But how could this holiday be made to celebrate our presidents in general? I'm sorry, but I can't teach my children to celebrate Franklin Delano Roosevelt for what he did to Japanese Americans during World War II or Richard Nixon for his price controls or Jimmy Carter for his handling of, well, everything.
On this day when we celebrate Washington (et. al.), what do you wish young people were learning about presidents and the presidency?