On Monday, my wife and daughter and I will sit down for our annual July 4th viewing of “1776,” the greatest historical musical ever.  It’s so good at telling the story of our Founding Fathers and their struggle to launch this nation on its path towards independence and freedom that it should be mandatory viewing in our nation’s schools.  But, as I wrote in an op-ed published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last year, at least one school district refused to allow its kids to see “1776.”  Read the whole column here.

One other note about Independence Day weekend. Once again, there is an e-mail circulating which purports to tell the stories of the price paid by the 56 patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence.  Some of the stories are true, others are not.  As always, Snopes sorts them out.