Common Core Assignment: The Constitution is Outdated

Welcome to the first day of civics class in the Common Core. Your first assignment? Revising the Bill of Rights in the U.S Constitution because it is an “outdated” document?  The worksheet says:

You have been selected to work on a National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force. You have been charged with the task of revising and  editing the Bill of Rights. .. You will have to prioritize, prune, and add amendments.

Common Core Constitution Assignment

 

 

Students are not being taught what the documents means, or any kind of appreciation for the document. The underlying assumption of the assignment is that the constitution is outdated and needs to be changed. Another underlying assumption is that this can be done by a citizen task force which ignores  the actual procedure for amending the constitution.

The worksheet was handed out to Sixth grade students in a History class in Bryant School District in Arkansas. The assignment required students to select two bill of rights to throw out, and put together persuasive speeches to market the idea.

Lela Spears the child’s mother, was interviewed by Justin King of Digital Media. Mrs. Spears was asked how the  the assignment made her feel about the type of education your child was receiving?

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. When I asked my child what the assignment was to teach her she had no idea. Only that she was TOLD to do it. She didn’t even understand what the Amendments meant. How can she make an informed decision when she doesn’t understand what she is “throwing out”? That was new to me. I also did not like the fact her teacher used, “you have been selected to help a special committee” bullshit.

Mrs. Spears continued:

Funny thing, she was never told how the Bill of Rights is amended; I do not believe that amended was even used in the class language, only “changed”. I read through the handouts she was given (they do not use a book for this class, nor take one home to study from, only handouts that are put in a box for their table to share and place in their binders), around 6 in total, and nothing about how an Amendment is ratified. I believe that, with the wording of the assignment, many children will think that the Bill of Rights is amended and can be changed by a “special” committee instead of an act of Congress. I know that my child will not think this is true since I have made it my mission to be very much involved in her education.

It is a good thing that Mrs. Spears is paying attention to explain this to her daughter. One wonders how many parents are not paying attention?

Parents around the country need to be diligent about what is going on in their child’s classroom. While Common Core establishes standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, the literacy standards apply to content areas in addition to English. Therefore, the standards apply to other content areas. While parents may be expecting to see changes in the English and Math coursework, it is just as likely they will see radical changes in other content areas.

Common Core has come under fire for its English Language Arts Standards. They are regarded as being focused on writing, which is contradicts a century of research in teaching reading. The focus away from literature and on content areas has had many activists concerned about the possibility of propaganda being taught in the classroom.

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  • We need more Andy Griffith

    The camel’s nose is indeed under the tent, except the camel is in all the way to his tail. This is a way for government to impress upon the young minds of our children to question the freedoms and liberties that our country was founded on.

  • DNavyBrat

    My ancestor William Lambert was the chosen Scribe for The Bill of Rights? And I know he and our Fore Fathers are weeping where they were laid to rest! We must preserve our Countries Foundation! Without it, we truly crumble!

  • UpSetVet68

    some are saying that this whole site is a scam; and it’s actually disinformation. Why aren’t these quotes being cited. People… you MAY be being taken advantage of. The URL, SHOULD say BLOG, but it doesn’t. You’ve been warned, not saying it is a scam, let’s just dig a lil deeper….k?

  • Jerry Coker

    I am going to comment here because i cannot leave til I do…..I will not revise the Bill of Rights, play acting or not..the founders who put together the Declaration of Independence done that great piece of work. The Bill of Rights outlines only just a few of the Rights that we as Americans have, otherwise we have other rights also in the Constitution of each of the several states of the Union of States. As my birthright onto this great country of nation States I was born with innumerable rights, none of which I am willing to give to any one or group of people demanding them, they are mine. I do not accept privileges now or ever…if you think I must you will have to lay me down first and then sign the document with my cold dead hand..end of the story.

  • Wendy Poston

    unfortunately, most of the States have signed to Common Core (another of obama’s babies) in order to get federal funding. Our State could not easily support the schools without it. This is another thing being shoved down our throats, just as Goals 2000 was Clinton’s baby. Both are Communist school systems. I work at a school, and my State has signed on to it. It seems to be just enhancing critical thinking skills on the surface, but I am watching very closely what is going on in the classrooms I help in to make sure it isn’t more than that. I’m VERY critical of these standards.

  • Drew

    Thats just the libtards upsetVet saying that. They just like our lying piece of sh#t president spending lies.

  • Bill Trolinger

    I would need a copy of the Bill of Rights to make any changes and when I’m done Obama and his buddies and others won’t like the out come!!

  • Nick Monterosso

    This is why I pulled my 6yr old out of school and will be home schooled until Common Core and other curriculums like it are pulled out of our schools.

  • Nick Monterosso

    I understand about schools wanting funding but that’s when the teachers need to stand up and say no. They should know as teachers what this is doing to our children and instead of being lazy sheep and just handing out what ever they are given actually teach the students the right things aka what this country was founded on and stands for.

  • Nick Monterosso

    Why should the url say blog? This isn’t a blog site it is a private news site. Many of the articles posted here are in other reputable news sources and can be found all over the internet. The Liberals just don’t want these things known to the general public which is why they give out unfounded reasons on why it should not be listened to like your “The URL, SHOULD say BLOG” which has no precedence at all. Give me an actual legal reason why it has to say BLOG?

  • TN Mommy

    Homeschooling is the only option.

  • angryamericanmom

    unfortunately, common core is included in home school curriculum as well.I checked into it for my kids.

  • jonathondf

    The sources are sited, and if you check those sites, they have more links to source articles like nbc etc. Yes upsetvet, we know where the misinformation comes from, straight from alinsky loving a**holes like you and obama.

  • mamaprepper

    I don’t know what state you are in and how strict they are on your HS rights. In my though, I can pick whatever curriculum I want (just have to do state testing in certain years). Not all HS materials are inundated with the CC stuff. If you are willing to do some work and not just work with prepackaged materials it can be done. There are some great companies out there. My Father’s World, Heart of Dakota, etc. I use Ambleside online. It’s a free curriculum schedule (for all k – 12 years) using real living books you get from your library or buy from a book store (Amazon is where I get mine). Lots of great literature, not the crud they teach in schools. End point – you CAN homeschool your kids, using quality materials, without indoctrinating them to CC.

  • homeschoolingmama75

    There are plenty of homeschool curriculum that are not aligned to CC. If you truly desire to homeschool, you can do it free of any common core intrusion. You just have to search it out.

  • LisbethGyrl ®

    so you choose to dig into me; versus the facts….? interesting

  • John

    The founding Fathers of this great nation I am sure are discusted with the misuse of government power. Power not given to the Government shall rest on the states and the inhabitants there in that is why each state has it’s own Constitution, The innumberable rights are those given by God our creator. Man cannot own what is not his to own , it belongs to God as far as the eyes can see (Chief Seattle ) letter to Roosevelt . It is his or hers alienable right to own land , let no man or Govrnment interfere , it his chattel , his cattle his land , Judge Black United Supreme court Justice. These where men that had insight and wisdom , as did our founding Fathers . They wrote the Constitution with the thought that each man would Govern himself , based on the common education for that time the Bible ,God’s book of instructions on how each Man or Woman should live there lives. It was believed that you work hard for what you had . When thye took God out of the picture ( Schools , Government , etc. ) they took the very essence of our morals , values and beliefs a long with it. We as a Nation of free people need to stand or fall together. We are turning back the hands of time , back to King’s rules , Roman law there will be a day when will will lose our right to exist as free men and Woman. We will have no one to blame except our selves.

  • Mary Brown

    Have to train the new slaves to not question what government says.

  • Lord Humongous

    Home school.

  • Lord Humongous

    BS, I’ll teach my kids whatever I want.

  • jedward1000

    It would not surprise me to see America break up and this time remain broken.

  • http://www.thepottershandacademy.com/ Kristi

    Not in my state! I pick my own curriculum, let me tell you. I agree with mamaprepper about Ambleside Online, Tapestry of Grace is another great one… I use a lot of Waldorf materials, too. NONE of those are CCS aligned.

  • http://www.thepottershandacademy.com/ Kristi

    My private blog’s URL doesn’t say “blog,” because I own the domain. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

  • UpSetVet68

    this just in; since obama shut down the gov’t; rocket scientists are surfing the web. So…why did everyone get duped by the amberalert website, ms pro-blogger?? go away eerrrr fuck yourself..wait… just get lost!!! you fail….

  • Homeschooled

    Hmmm, I’ve never seen that. What programs/books did you view? Not that I’m doubting you, but I would like to be on the lookout! Our state is fairly hands-off when it comes to homeschoolers. After homeschooling for three years, I made my own curriculum and didn’t use the pre-packaged ones. I would pick and choose each course to align with each child’s learning style. After sixteen years, I’m proud of what our children have accomplished, and utterly grateful to my husband for working so hard to allow me to stay home with them.

  • DM

    Just because it is included in home school curriculum does not mean that a home schooler needs to teach it exclusively. Explan that this is what you need to know to pass standardized tests but Reading, Writing Arithmatic and History etc are what you need to learn to be a well educated productive person. Children are very preceptive and will understand.

  • Don Gwinn

    I just don’t see the outrage. You want students to study the Bill of Rights, but you don’t want them to do a collaborative assignment with their peers in which they have to argue for and against the removal of two amendments and the inclusion of two new ones. I could see if you didn’t think that was the very best way of doing it, but it’s not outrageous at all.

    The assignment, at least as you describe it, does not teach that the Bill of Rights is outdated. It’s great that the parent who reported the assignment to you made it her business to teach her child how the Constitution is amended, but she provided no evidence that her child’s class has not or will not study that process, only her word–which, again from your description above, seems likely to be based on an assumption.

    I’m also not aware of the research that suggests that practicing writing makes it more difficult to improve reading. The opposite actually seems to be the case. (I teach math and science, but I’ve taught reading, literature and language arts at the middle school level, too.) There’s a century of research that suggests that students shouldn’t focus on writing, because not focusing on writing somehow improves reading growth? I’m skeptical.

  • Adam Steiger

    Appreciate the informative article!

    I’m spreading the word and including this link with all of my posts from this point forward.

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    My Creed: To engage others online with respect, civility, and (if needed) blunt honesty.

    Common Core Indoctrinates Young Students with Bill of Rights Revision Exercise: http://freepatriot.org/2013/10/06/common-core-assignment-constitution-outdated/

  • tkr380

    Your right. Obviously this class should have been selected to revise the Quran. Pretty sure you would have been on the opposite side of the fence in that case…

  • http://www.thepottershandacademy.com/ Kristi

    LOL Very intelligent there. Nice. You didn’t list any “facts,” just that this site might be a scam, because it doesn’t say “blog” in the URL. That’s not a fact, it doesn’t even make any sense. I also didn’t say I’m a “pro,” just that I have a private blog I own the domain to. You don’t have to be a “pro” to figure that out, you just have to get on the internet once in a while.

    You gave nothing to “dig deeper” into. And what about the Amber Alert site? That is totally irrelevant. I don’t think I’m the one who failed.

  • UpSetVet68

    there are two o’s in too. “..I have a private blog I own the domain to. ” (failure of a human pathetic troll)

    This is a reply I got from Frank Webb; he is the editor at freepatriot.org; regarding the article about Obama paying for some Islam Museum.

    The Muslim museum article was a scam that got us, and hundreds of other outlets including fox news. We always provide our sources in every story we write. As far as being a scam, no. I assure you we are very legitimate.
    Frank Webb

    Hey smartass, has Frank ever written to you, you phuqn arm chair blogger?

  • Feet2Fire

    “Omit two and add two amendments…”
    Let’s guess…
    Amendment 1: Gay marriage is now the law of the land, like it or not.
    Amendment 2: All drugs are now legal, like it or not.

    –What? Only two?
    Certainly there needs to be an amendment that clearly states that:
    Every human born belongs to the State; parents are so “outdated.”

  • Noovuss

    Parents generally only care about the “baby sitting” service and free school lunch provided by the communists down at the local commune/school.

  • John Howard

    Don’t forget your ‘visual aids’ — yeah, make them pretty and more people will fall for your nonsense. Learn to smile really big and friendly, wear a nicely-tailored suit, talk slowly and interject ‘uh’ frequently into your speech.

  • theBuckWheat

    The most fundamental flaw in this exercise is to utterly disregard the principle that the Bill of Rights is systematically complementary. That is, each point supports and contributes to a complete picture of the relationship between the citizen, the States, and the Federal Government. While some like Mark Levine or Randy Barnett may propose that some alterations are indicated, they are to repair where that existing system is weak or lacking. One of those weaknesses is that allowing government to create near-infinite debt has the effect of enslaving citizens to make the interest payments.

  • Frederick Jacob Kohn

    Interesting that digitaljournal did not contact the school district to get their reaction. It is absolutely amazing to me that anyone would take a story at face value without getting the other side. Has anyone considered that the whole story could be fabricated?

  • Brandi Nelson

    I think its an easy assignment.. hand it back untouched and say.. sorry but its perfect and I have nothing to add to make it better.. however personally i would add.. that before the government can shut down and lower federal government employees are subjected to pay with holding.. The president, his cabinet memebers and congress all have to give up their pay first for a whole year.

  • JustMe

    In any state, You are allowed to make your self a private school, and choose your own curriculum…. Just ensure you file the proper paperwork with your state…Now, if you choose to homeschool thru the Board of Education, in line with your school, then you will end up with same material… Choose to go outside the box and pick your own curriculum… And as mamaprepper stated, just do the necessary state testing when needed… When I did it, I used the Robinson Curriculum… and it worked very well, also, as stated, there is many to choose from on Amazon… Get off the grid completely with the Schools… There are also Home School websites that you can join that will help you and protect you… It’s all on the internet…

  • Wayne

    Although most people don’t realize that the BIll of Rights originally contained 12 ammendments. 10 were ratified then. The 27th Ammenment was ratified in 1992. The other never ratified one was talking about make up of the house. If it were ratified today’s House would number 5000, If the assingmentment listed the proposed 12 and ask the students to come up with an explanation on why only 10 were ratified in 1791 and would they have chosen one of the other two would make much more academic sense.

  • http://libertyanddignity.wordpress.com/ Joe Hargrave

    I wonder how much you get paid for these comments. The actual assignment pictured above uses the word “outdated” to describe the Bill of Rights and it doesn’t teach the actual amendment process at all.

    I teach the Constitution at the secondary and college levels. I would throw this assignment in the garbage and lose my job before I would use it in my classroom.

  • oahumike

    I will be homeschooling my kids, will sign all of the BS forms and agree to all the Common Core BS I have to. But when it’s me and my kids sitting in my home, I will light the entire curriculum on fire and teach them what I WANT THEM TO KNOW, which will be more than sufficient to pass some stupid Common Core State test. Liberalism, Statist brainwashing, Common Core, and bureaucracies be damned!

  • Bill Campbell

    Homeschool… boom. Problem solved.

  • Bill Campbell

    And don’t expect a dime from me in support of public schools. Teach, feed and watch your own mindless liberal heathens.

  • Christopher

    Thank you.

  • Deborah A.

    It has been the breakdown in the family and the exorbitant inflation that has caused parents to be overly concerned about “babysitting”. If we could make it on one salary (which some already do) the “babysitting” feature would be no issue. I for one care very much for both my children and have also home schooled some of their lives. It is well worth the investment!

  • Noovuss

    Ever since progressives have been voted into office our inflation rate/back door taxes have become “exorbitant”. If we had privately funded schools rather than the federally controlled communist propaganda mills, we would be one step closer to having one wage earner families.
    Btw, did you hear about the communist controlled bus drivers union striking today? Most of the kids sat at home, I don’t want to pay for any of this.
    None of this is my financial responsibility, but I’m forced at gun point to pay for it like a slave. I want a slave revolt…

  • Someone who pays attention

    How is this a “common core” assignment. The common core is STANDARDS, not the curriculum teachers/schools/district choose to address those standards.

  • Phil Ryan

    Oh, good lord, you conspiracy theorists are a joke. This assignment promotes critical thinking. Did you ever think (oh, wait that’s a stupid question because you function at about a second grade level) that the task is to illustrate the majesty of the document? And really… It’s not the bible. It is men from the 1700s giving a core set of principles. Maybe it also teaches that the Constitution is a living breathing document and if you honestly think that a modern interpretation is somehow anathema to what the founding fathers envisaged, you’re quite frankly not revering the Constitution or in this case the Bill of Rights. You are undermining it. You can argue the counterpoint even if you don’t believe it. That is what people in debate class do all the time. THAT IS WHAT LAWYERS DO ALL THE TIME. But you people are so tied into the fact that Obama is the devil out to destroy the country that you cannot even think of anything else. And Jerry. Get over yourself you freakin’ drama queen.

  • Phil Ryan

    Yeah, that’s right… let them stay at home with their hysterical mother.

  • Phil Ryan

    yeah… you might want to also teach the phrase, do you want fries with that because that’s all the level of intelligence you’ll produce from them.

  • Mon

    But you do not have to use it. There are TON of non Common Core aligned curriculum providers…I use those and will create my own if it ever comes down to it. The Education Freedom Coalition on Facebook has lists of aligned and non aligned so parents can make informed choices.

  • mon

    What a bizarre response. Hysteria is not the same thing as informed and independent, maybe you’ve spent too much time being indoctrinated yourself??

  • Phil Ryan

    It is about as bizarre as you believing this nonsense. Informed and independent. Try uninformed and tea party. That’s right. Dumb your kids down at home. Funny, indoctrination is quite fine as long as your kids drink all the “tea.”

  • Phil Ryan

    Your capacity to be trained at anything is pretty poor, so I wouldn’t loose sleep.

  • Mary Brown

    You know me so well tell me how many college degrees I have? Oh and I was self taught in electronics repair.

    I am guessing you have no college degree and rely on government to house you, feed you, and make sure you say the party line.

  • Lord Humongous

    You presume and prejudge much.

  • Pat Enery

    They know they can’t control those that are aware thanks to the internet. Our responsibility now must be to be more involved in our children’s education because their goal has always been to destroy the most important unit, our families. That is the foundation of liberty. Do not let them steal our children’s minds. Let’s win the information war. No janissaries for Israel.

  • Pa Brad

    How about first teaching the students about NATURAL LAW, upon which our Bill of Rights is established. It seems these kids are being taught that any old thing they “want” can be a “right.”
    The Bill of Rights is not just a random wish list of the framers of our Constitution.

  • freeman41

    Ok…..well your an idiot…..*SIGH*

  • Sarah Benedict

    Phil…you show your ignorance well. Try a dictionary. They are WONDERFUL tools!

    loose /lus/ Show Spelled [loos] Show IPA adjective, loos·er, loos·est, adverb, verb, loosed, loos·ing. adjective
    1. free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
    2. free from anything that binds or restrains; unfettered: loose cats prowling around in alleyways at night.
    3. uncombined, as a chemical element.
    4. not bound together: to wear one’s hair loose.
    5. not put up in a package or other container: loose mushrooms

    VERSUS –

    lose /luz/ Show Spelled [looz] Show IPA verb, lost, los·ing.

    verb (used with object)
    1. to come to be without (something in one’s possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery: I’m sure I’ve merely misplaced my hat, not lost it.
    2. to fail inadvertently to retain (something) in such a way that it cannot be immediately recovered: I just lost a dime under this sofa.
    3. to suffer the deprivation of: to lose one’s job; to lose one’s life.
    4. to be bereaved of by death: to lose a sister.
    5. to fail to keep, preserve, or maintain: to lose one’s balance; to lose one’s figure.
    Your comments make me think you may just be a troll. :D

  • Kalashnikov

    Umm yeah…We pulled our son out of public school because he WASN’T learning anything. He was being indoctrinated however. So why is it ok for the school to indoctrinate but wrong for the parents to pass on their beliefs and viewpoints?

  • Phil Ryan

    thanks sarah, you are absolutely right.. but I do know the difference… It was just a typo…. and since I have had no problem taking others to task, I have to take my lumps on this typo also…

  • Bill Campbell

    There are other means of critical thinking stimulation besides revising the constitution. The curriculum specifically led the students to examine reasons why the constitution is “outdated.” That is such a progressive line of thinking, it’s borderline indoctrination to have it taught in a school. Come on…

  • Annie

    Seriously, does the word “hypocrite” mean anything to you? The assignment, if you care to think for a moment and see how it was meant (Common Core is heavy into critical thinking) IS to “QUESTION WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SAYS.” The whole point of it is to look at something (it could be anything, really) that has existed for a long time and give it a second look – discuss, think, CHALLENGE it to the point that you either think changes need to be made and can make a valid argument for that position, or that you understand it enough to believe it’s fine and right the way it is and then DEFEND it from changes.

    Most of the comments I see here are along the lines of “don’t you dare question the Bill of Rights!” as if, a) a group of kids is going to grow up to become anarchists or b) they’re not understanding how real amendments happen, this is WRONG!

    Calm down, this is the kind of lesson that has existed for a very, very long time. I’ve done similar where you do mock government challenges, or take an opposing position to an existing law and argue it, often to reinforce the original POINT of the law.

  • Mary Brown

    Before you can think critically on a subject you need to be taught about it, what each part means, the history behind it etc. None of the above were done before this assignment.

  • Annie

    I know what you mean, but I respectfully disagree – I think some of the best criticism comes from “fresh eyes” to a problem (like a new person coming into a company and not knowing why things were set the way they were). I also think that, for the scope of this school assignment (NONE of which is going to actually change the Bill of Rights), it’s appropriate to only know as much as any 6th grader would. Also, like I said above, a LOT of the time arguing against something actually strengthens a position on it (I once won a college debate arguing that spray paint cans should only be sold to adults – a position with which I actually disagree). They’ll learn a LOT about the importance of those rights as they’re arguing against their classmates’ “removal” of them. (and I apologize for inferring that you were a hypocrite – that was a bit snarky…!)

  • Mary Brown

    Fresh eyes only works if the material being changed is UNDERSTOOD, your thinking is the same as Obama’s and Pelosi’s , pass it to see whats in it. Failure to teach the material first is criminal.

  • Mary Brown

    Phil boy is an obamabot plant to spread disinformation

  • Lord Humongous

    Doesn’t work on the well informed.

  • Annie

    I withdraw my apology. You’re being reactionary, using hyperbole and overreacting to a SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT. NO ONE IS CHANGING THE BILL OF RIGHTS. PS – I voted for Romney.

  • sam

    Lose sleep. Where’d you go to school?

    I now see it was a typo. ;-)

  • Don Gwinn

    I see. So, your point is . . . that . . . I’m a Muslim?

    I’ll tell you what, I think I want to see where you’re going with this. Let’s just stipulate for the sake of argument that you got me, and I’m a Muslim. I fast during Ramadan, I pray to Mecca five times daily, I read the Quran in Arabic and I’ve made the Hajj . . . twice. I’m, like, super-ultimate Muslim.

    Now, please show the class how you get from “Don’s a Muslim!” to evidence for any of the statements from the article that I decried as false. I explained how I know they’re wrong. Are you, or are you not, willing to explain how you know they’re correct? And are you, or are you not, able to use your ridiculous “Well, but you’re probably a Muslim!” gambit to prove or disprove anything, or was that just there to suggest that you’re a bigot?

  • Don Gwinn

    If you answer nothing else, if you ignore me completely, this I must know: who or what shadowy conspiracy is it that you accuse me of working for? Who is it that pays people to point out dishonest demagoguery on the internet?
    Because if you can get paid for that, sign me up.

    The assignment states that someone in the scenario posited has said that the Bill of Rights is outdated, which, whether you and I agree with them or not, has been done by members of our government since the days when most people remembered the thing being ratified.

    Also, if you taught Constitutional history, you should know better than most that citizens groups DO form for the purpose of bringing proposed Constitutional amendments. Teaching students about the give-and-take argumentative process of deliberation is NOT the same as telling them that these kinds of groups amend the Constitution without going through the amendatory process laid out in the document itself. But again, the point of this kind of exercise, IF it has anything at all to do with the Common Core, would be to bring the language arts skills of argumentation into the history class. The whole point would be to model political give-and-take, in which one’s ideas must be defended, and howling, “But this document is sacred! We shouldn’t even be talking about this!” is not an acceptable defense or support for most people.

    I defend the bill of rights–the whole thing–against all comers on a regular basis, with a particular emphasis on the 2nd Amendment. Because I use my real name here, you can just Google “Don Gwinn” if you car enough to bother finding out which groups I serve, but suffice it to say that I consider myself a grassroots activist. But the Bill of Rights is the result of political give-and-take, and so are all the subsequent amendments (including the amendment to undo amendment that seemed like such a good idea to so many at the time.) Demanding that children be protected from the very idea that people who want to change our fundamental law is a false way to protect it. Kids who grow up thinking the Constitution has some kind of magical protection because it’s an unchangeable sacrament are not going to be able to protect it any better.

    My last word: the headline is dishonest, the article is dishonest, and many of the comments are ludicrous. I’ve explained why I think so; agree or disagree, you at least know my reasons. Will you do as much?

  • http://libertyanddignity.wordpress.com/ Joe Hargrave

    ” who or what shadowy conspiracy is it that you accuse me of working for?”

    It wouldn’t be a very effective conspiracy if I knew, would it? :) Since it is known that governments hire people to shill for them on the Internet, it is not outside the realm of possibility. I wouldn’t call it a conspiracy. Just a dishonorable contract.

    “The assignment states that someone in the scenario posited has said that the Bill of Rights is outdated”

    No, not exactly. The assignment states that a “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force” is going to revise the BoR. Even implying the possible existence of such a thing poisons young minds against the republican institutions and processes established by the Constitution.

    “you should know better than most that citizens groups DO form for the purpose of bringing proposed Constitutional amendments.”

    Is that what citizens do? They get assigned to national task forces that bypass Article V of the Constitution? The assignment could have been worded differently so as to actually reinforce the legitimate means by which people propose amendments, as opposed to implying that the federal government and the all-powerful state can just create a “task force” to usurp natural law and popular sovereignty. The top-down bureaucratic preference of the author of this assignment is quite clear.

    “But again, the point of this kind of exercise, IF it has anything at all to do with the Common Core, would be to bring the language arts skills of argumentation into the history class.”

    There are a million ways to do that, meaning that any particular way of doing it is motivated by something other than the mere teaching of language arts skills. This is obvious.

    “The whole point would be to model political give-and-take, in which one’s ideas must be defended, and howling, “But this document is sacred! We shouldn’t even be talking about this!” is not an acceptable defense or support for most people.”

    Who howled? Since when do “national task forces” engage in “give and take dialogues”? The whole premise of the assignment is that “the government” is going to do whatever it wants, and may base its actions on the finding of some task force. This is not how I want young people to think about government. This way of thinking about government is not republican; it is bureaucratic and authoritarian. The document may not be sacred, but individual liberty is not up for negotiation. To even engage in debate is to acknowledge this simple truth.

    See Hans Herman Hoppe for more on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentation_ethics

    I am not an anarchist like Hoppe, but I do think his arguments have some merit.

    “But the Bill of Rights is the result of political give-and-take, and so are all the subsequent amendments (including the amendment to undo amendment that seemed like such a good idea to so many at the time.) ”

    I’m glad you defend the Bill of Rights. That’s wonderful. But it is not really the result of “political give-and-take”, like many of the subsequent amendments. The right to free speech is not on the same level as an amendment lowering the voting age. The Bill of Rights was insisted upon by the majority of Americans at the time of the ratification debates. These rights were not purely rational creations, but grew out of a long tradition and history. These were thought to be fundamental and necessary for a free society. Of course the specifics and the details regarding the responsible use of rights is up for debate, and that is fine. But that’s not really what the issue is with this assignment.

    “Demanding that children be protected from the very idea that people who want to change our fundamental law is a false way to protect it. Kids who grow up thinking the Constitution has some kind of magical protection because it’s an unchangeable sacrament are not going to be able to protect it any better.”

    I don’t demand any such thing. I insist, however, that they know a) how precisely laws are to be changed, so that when people propose fraudulent, authoritarian, unconstitutional ways, they can call them out and b) that there are in fact some rights, rights we call “natural”, that are not up for debate or negotiation. “We hold these truths to be self-evident”, wrote Thomas Jefferson. That doesn’t suggest room for debate on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    I would never say that the Constitution is magical. The price of liberty is vigilance. And I think vigilance is what I am exercising here, by identifying the subtle premises in this absurd assignment that undermine republican liberty.

  • freedom4kaz2 .

    RIGHT ON!!

  • freedom4kaz2 .

    I wish I could, at least with home schooling you have more control of what goes into their brain, good for you!!

  • freedom4kaz2 .

    That’s Obama under cover.

  • The Flash

    To change the attitudes of people, you start with their schooling. Clearly, there are people out there who are determined to undermine the principles that made American great. WHY they seek to do this is a mystery. The United States Constitution & Bill of Rights stands along side documents like the Magna Carta and the Declaration of the Rights of Men, both of which our Constitution and Bill of Rights were based on, as one of the worlds great declarations of self-government.

    Now, there are those in the education establishment who are actively attempting to sway the thinking of our children away from “exceptional individualism”, that made our country the envy of the world, and more towards the ideas of socialism and communism, apparently following the lead of our current administration. Perhaps I wouldn’t have such a problem with that idea if that idea hadn’t failed in EVERY country it was implemented. The greatness America has enjoyed comes from the greatness of it’s people, NOT the greatness of it’s government. Think about the problems in our country right now. Do they stem from the actions of the people, or the actions (or lack of action) from our government?

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    You have that right.

  • TeaPartyBarbie

    Sadly, Common Core DOES have curriculum in the standards. If you are paying attention, then you have read the appendices?

  • http://theawakenednation.ning.com/profile/KevinMKeener Snowman8wa

    If children are IGNORANT to TRUTH it is our Fault; it is not the responsibility of Government to teach our children TRUTH, JUSTICE, MORALITY, ETHICS-(both Work Ethics and Social Ethics) I am not exempt from this statement; as I am just as guilty for sending my children into the PS system. However it is JUST ignorance and laziness on my part at a younger age and like many parents I am reaping what I have sown. In SPITE of the PS System and my laziness, I still tried to get across the importance of the above traits AT HOME. GOVERNMENT does not control the interior of your house…………….YET!………

    “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
    And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” [Deuteronomy 11:18-19]

    If the Common Core syllabus will not teach American Heritage and Our History, it IS OUR OBLIGATION as Parents to fill that gap. If you don’t know GOOGLE IT!!!!! Then, DISCERN which is TRUTH and which is COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA.

    “GIVE ME FOUR YEARS TO TEACH THE CHILDREN AND THE SEED I HAVE SOWN WILL NEVER BE UPROOTED.” –Vladimir Lenin
    That quote swing BOTH ways on the Pendulum People……….if Communists insist on indoctrinating our children, we will FIGHT to ENSURE they KNOW TRUTH.
    Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis

  • Sarah

    Annie, I am a teacher and understand exactly what you are saying. In a perfect world, you are right. Unfortunately, some kids go to school in places like my area, DeKalb county, Georgia. (Google DeKalb County Schools for more insight on this) There are two types of teachers in places like this: those that don’t care and those that are only staying because they were called to teach and cannot bear the thought of leaving children to navigate such a travesty without them. All the others ducked out for districts with better leadership months ago. At my children’s high school, there is no way anything except what was written on the plan would be discussed or even presented. We can’t just trust that all teachers have the same understanding of the “right” way to teach; we have to spell out what needs to be done and how so that all students have the benefit of the very best practices we can offer. Our children are too important for us to chance subjecting them to anything less.

  • StephenWV

    All home schooled kids I know run circles around public school kids.

  • StephenWV

    Political Propaganda and Common Core
    Mary Calamia, a licensed clinical social worker in New York State Statement for NY State Assembly Education Forum
    http://stopccssinnys.com/uploads/Al_Graf_-_Mary_Calamia_full_text.pdf
    “Common Core requires children to read informational texts that are owned by a handful of corporations. Lacking any filter to distinguish good information from bad, children will readily absorb whatever text is put in front of them as gospel. So, for example, when we give children a textbook that explains the second amendment in these terms: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia,” they will look no further for clarification.”

  • StephenWV

    There are Hundreds of examples of political propaganda used in Common Core curriculum to indoctrinate our children. This one is a great example. Other favorites of mine include:

    4th Grade Common Core Book Tells Kids Why Obama is Rejected by White voters. http://freepatriot.org/2013/11/21/forced-reading-4th-grade-common-core-book-tells-kids-why-obama-is-rejected-by-white-voters/

    Here is one that helps to explain the CC Standards that require only the information in the reading assignment is to be used in the analysis no personal knowledge or other sources can be used.
    http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/this-is-what-a-common-core-close-reading-looks-like/

  • StephenWV

    I believe you are a fabrication or the kool-aid addicted nut jobs.

  • beccalouise

    I guess it’s only considered to be indoctrination if the teaching happens at home with parents who love their children and want what’s best for them. When it happens in a troubled public school with an ambivalent teacher and troubled/bored students then what do you call it? Enlightenment, right?

  • I’mwithstupid

    You’re*

  • Imwithstuipd

    Just because the kid didn’t know how amendments happen doesn’t mean it wasn’t taught in class. Maybe the kid just can’t absorb information. Maybe they were texting, passing notes, talking or sleeping during class.

  • Lola in SC

    As a teacher complaining to her schoolboard said, the Common Core Standards are not testing the student, they are testing Common Core, and the test results show Common Core is failing and dragging the children to the bottom with it.