The mother of a sixth grade student in Arkansas is speaking out after her daughter brought home an assignment that left her dumbfounded. As part of the Bryant School District’s introduction to government, students were instructed to create a “Revised Bill of Rights” by removing two of the original amendments and replacing them with new ones.
Unsurprisingly, Lela Spears said that her daughter’s school participates in the widely criticized Common Core program, which recently came under fire for misrepresenting an American’s right to bear arms.
She explained that this was her daughter’s first lesson regarding civics, expressing her displeasure in the way the subject was broached.
“Where I can see a class using critical thinking skills to modernize the words as to help them better understand the amendments,” she said, “giving an assignment to remove two then add two with little explanation as to why is upsetting.”
Spears said her daughter didn’t receive any guidance through the process and “didn’t even understand what the amendments meant” before being asked to extract two of our guaranteed liberties.
Additionally, the assignment refers to a National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force, which implicitly misinforms students about the manner in which amendments to the Constitution are made.
According to Spears, the handouts associated with this project made no mention of an amendment process or the congressional votes needed to enact such changes.
“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,” she said.
While there has been no shortage of outrageous lessons included in the federal Common Core curriculum, this assignment is among the most outrageous. Instead of teaching a respect for the unique freedoms we enjoy as Americans, these students are being taught that the Bill of Rights only applied to past generations.
Given the propensity of leftist teachers to promulgate their own ideology in the classroom, one wonders how many teachers will use an assignment like this to suggest which amendments should be replaced.
Common Core has an established bias against the Second Amendment already. Recommending that a right to health care be inserted in its place would likely earn any student a high grade.