Lying to children in an educational environment to push a political agenda has been done throughout history, but that is not the America we purport to live in. Here are excerpts from an assignment at the Northeast Middle School given to an 8th grade class.
“The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms.”
Actually, that is wholly untrue. DC Vs. Heller, specifically and repeatedly incorporates the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. It does go on to state that the right has reasonable limits, but it is crystal clear that federal districts do not have the right to excessively restrict gun ownership because it is an individual right of the citizens.
If the teacher missed that landmark case, perhaps she should have looked at McDonald Vs. Chicago, which expanded the Heller case to the states finding that restrictions that amounted to unattainable levels were excessive and constituted infringement. Furthermore, it clearly defines the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right.
“The courts have never found a law regulating the private ownership of weapons unconstitutional.”
Untrue – restrictions have been over turned at both state and federal courts in countless instances.
“This means that the rights of this amendment are not extended to the individual citizens of the states,” the worksheet reads. “So a person has no right to complain about a Second Amendment violation by state laws.”
These are simply pure and simple falsehood. An 8th grader who does even a small amount of research will be able to discover this. Unfortunately, many will not do the research, simply expound on what was handed to them, and incorporate that into their line of reasoning as undisputed fact. This is simply an attempt at indoctrination and manipulation of the nation’s youth.
Regardless of your opinions on gun control – this is certainly beneath the educational standards of this country. This is as close as I’ve seen in America to the propaganda in the Japanese history books that simply failed to mention their participation in, and loss of, World War II. If we want a nation of sheep, accustomed to simply digesting & regurgitating propaganda, apparently the Connecticut education system is well on its way.
The power of educators is immense, and the abuse of responsibility here is disgusting. Pointing out flaws in this system is only a very minor first step. Shaking our collective fist at this nameless and faceless educational system won’t cure our nation’s educational ills. Ideally, schools provide a means for educating our children, but they are in no way responsible for “raising” our children. These lines have become blurred, and by default, we have allowed this flawed system to promote these errant agendas.
Interested, educated and proactive families must take a greater responsibility for raising our nation’s children. Families must first become informed themselves. Then, they must take a greater and more active role in their children’s education. This includes becoming more aware and active in what is being taught in the schools. This also includes filling-in the massive gaps left by educators and the educational system. We can’t cure the nation’s educational ills in one massive sweep, but we can start the process one individual and one family at a time.
Here is a great review of the facts and implementation of the second amendment if you want to learn more.
~ Patrick Henry