Students are told that the Bill of Rights is “outdated” and must be “revised”
Sixth graders at the Bryant School District in Arkansas were given an assignment to “revise” the “outdated” Bill of Rights by deleting and replacing two amendments, using the “War on Terror” and the Patriot Act as a guide.
The worksheet, which is the first Constitutional assignment of the school year, tells students that they will be on a “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force” who will “prioritize, prune, and add amendments” for a “Revised Bill of Rights.”
“The government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights,” the assignment states. “They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.”
The assignment assumes that our birthrights are not our property which we inherently own as human beings but are rather privileges granted to us by the state after being decided upon by a central planning committee.
Instead of teaching that the Bill of Rights merely recognizes the rights that we ALREADY have regardless of any government erected upon us, the teachers would rather instill the idea that the State is God into the minds of our youth.
As the history of the world has shown throughout the ages, people who don’t defend their rights will be enslaved.
This assignment, however, conditions children into believing that they are already slaves to the state and should be thankful of the “rights” the majority grants them.
The scenario of the assignment also ignores Article Five of the Constitution, which describes the actual process of proposing and ratifying amendments.
A parent of a girl in the class, Lela Spears, said that this was the first assignment given to the class dealing with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
“When I asked my child what the assignment was to teach her she had no idea, Only that she was TOLD to do it.” Spears said as reported by Justin King. “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.”
Below is the assignment’s introduction in full:
There has been a lot of controversy lately surrounding the War on Terror. Many feel as though The Patriot Act is infringing upon our privacy and other individual liberties, while others feel protected by it. The government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights. They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer. Their aim is to ensure that our personal civil liberties and the pursuit of happiness remain guarded in the 21st century. The government has asked for input from experts on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You have been selected to participate on the National Revised Bill of Rights (NRBR) Task Force. You will be working in a small team with others who may or may not share your values and opinions. You have been charged with the task of revisiting and editing the Bill of Rights. More specifically, you will need to prioritize, prune, and add amendments and then turn your ideas into a Revised Bill of Rights. Your team’s proposal will be submitted in its final form as a persuasive presentation to Mrs. Knight and associates. She and her associates have been given the important charge of judging the proposals based on valid arguments demonstrated by its authors during the presentation.
This isn’t the first attack on the Bill of Rights in the public school system.
Last month, school textbook authors inaccurately defined the Second Amendment as “the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”
This trend will continue as the federal government consolidates its control over the minds of children through the Common Core curriculum.