Ignorance of America's history and heritage is a setup for politicians and others who want to manipulate us into a way of thinking that allows them to make decisions that are unconstitutional and unwise. More than repeating phrases and figures, knowledge of the past prepares us for a future based on unchanging principles. That's why knowledge matters and ignorance endangers our government and threatens our way of life even more than terrorism.I would encourage you to read the rest of the column: The Other Deficit.
This is also an illustration about what happens when we allow government to run vital institutions: they break them. Do we really want government doing to health care what it has already done to education? Ignorance has a steep cost, and that cost is the gradual loss of our liberties.