Today, my family and I will sit down for our annual July 4th viewing of “1776,” the terrific movie musical about the brave men who wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence 230 years ago. It is the most entertaining history lesson I’ve ever seen, with William Daniels as John Adams, Ken Howard as Thomas Jefferson, Blythe Danner as Martha Jefferson, and Howard DaSilva stealing every scene he’s in as Ben Franklin.

As I wrote in an op-ed piece in 2004, watching “1776” should be mandatory in every school in the USA.