Not too far from here, a school district in Arkansas that uses the Common Core Curriculum gave six graders a dubious assignment. Seems the Bill of Rights needs a little pruning, according to teachers. Students were asked to remove two amendments from it and replace them with another two.
Hmm. The assignment suggested that the Bill of Rights “is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.” That sounds like Barack Obama and his idea that he touted in a 2001 public radio interview. He discussed his understanding of the Constitution, which he saw as a “charter of negative liberties” which the Founding Fathers filled with constraints.
Why not encourage young people to take a few out that he doesn’t like and add a few rights he does?
The Examiner.com reported:
The children were to assume the persona of “experts on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights” in their aim to ensure that “the pursuit of happiness remains guarded in the 21st century,” despite the fact that the phrase “pursuit of happiness” exists in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.
Lela Spears, the girl’s mother, told the Digital Journal her daughter has not received any training in civics or government.
“After she brought it home and explained her assignment to me, it made me question exactly what she was being taught. Where I can see a class using critical thinking skills to modernize the words, as to help them better understand the Amendments, giving an assignment to remove two then add two with little explanation as to why is upsetting,” she said.
Spears also said her daughter had no clue why she was being tasked with amending the Constitution.
According to the mother, her child was never told how the Constitution is amended, and told the Journal she didn’t believe the word “amended” was ever used in the class.
Time for more states, including Tennessee, to drop this horrific assault on American values in Common Core.