The Caddo Herald
January 18, 1918
Teach School Children
Cleveland Moffatt believes that public school teachers have a definite patriotic duty to perform in their daily work and has written a creed for their use which contains the following:
- I teach my pupils their duty is first, last and all the time, to be loyal to the President of the United States, loyal to the military policy of the United States.
- I teach my pupils that when Germany sank the Lusitania she sank her right to be treated as a civilized nation.
- I teach my pupils that there is one thing in the world worse than a German enemy and that is an American traitor, an American coward, an American slacker, and an American pacifist. I teach them that the treasonable utterances spoken or written are as dangerous to this republic as an armed attack and must be punishable by law and by the force of outraged public opinion.
- I teach my pupils that a premature peace would be a world disaster; that we are fighting a war for Liberty against German tyranny; and that having drawn the sword in a just cause we must never sheath it until Germany has been conquered, punished, and made to pay for her crimes.
- I teach my pupils that they must defend, with all their strength, the precious heritage of American Liberty and must be ready and glad to do their part in universal military training.
- I teach my pupils that this war has ceased to be a fight and has become a great world religion, a religion of democracy that we must be ready to die for, if need be, so that our children may live and be free. I inculcate in my pupils faith that the American people will dedicate their lives and substances to these great ends, having the spirit of our fathers and blessings of God, who never forsakes a righteous cause.