The idea of a standard in education sounds good at first blush. You don’t want to have anyone fall behind. But the problem arises when a few are allowed to dictate what is “Common” and their views are allowed to indoctrinate the children of this country even if those views are contrary to the truth.
Case in point, the textbooks and teaching materials that are approved by the Common Core Standards have warped interpretations of the 2nd Amendment.
Examples in textbooks on how the 2nd Amendment is taught:
United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination:
The Second Amendment: The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.
The Americans (history textbook):
The Second and Third Amendments – grant citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers and prevent the government from housing troops in private homes in peacetime.
This might have been acceptable (WRONG, but acceptable) prior to Heller v DC and McDonald v Chicago but those cases were 6 and 4 years ago respectively. The issue is done, the Supreme Court has ruled (twice) that individual people have the right to keep and bear arms. These textbooks are doing nothing more than trying to brainwash students into believing a lie; with hopes that they will grow up to be like minded gun hating liberals.
This goes beyond the textbooks as well for Common Core provides template worksheets to help teachers bring to bear, not only the destruction of the 2nd Amendment but the cheapening and undermining of all the Bill of Rights.
In Bryant, Arkansas the following “assignment” was handed out to sixth graders.
I know it’s a little fuzzy so I’ll highlight the important bits.
“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 They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.”
It then goes on to tell the kids, that basically, a poll is being taken to see what can be cut out of the Bill of Rights. It even leads them into thinking that they are participating in a task force called the National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force.
“Your task as a member of the NRBR Task Force is to prioritize, revise, prune two and add two amendments to The Bill of Rights.”
The kids assignment was to cut the Bill of Rights, one of the most important and defining documents in human history, like a drunken plastic surgeon and add LOL’s and emoticons to it so it can be less “outdated.”
Since when is liberty EVER outdated?
Here’s the best part though, after parents complained it came to light that the students hadn’t been taught ANYTHING about how ratifying the Constitution works.