The Second Amendment in your kids’ class may be a first class lie

By Brad McQueen

Parents can add one more thing they must be wary and vigilant about in their kids’ classrooms. Not only textbooks, but even posters hanging in your kids’ classrooms need the once over. I just recently discovered that a poster I had hanging in my own classroom enumerating the parts of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights has a glaring “mistake”.

The group that created this U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights poster, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, summarized the Second Amendment in “kid friendly” language to read, “You have the constitutional right to, in certain situations, ‘keep and bear arms’ without government interference.”
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The description of the Second Amendment should have read, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Exactly who will be determining the “situations” in which U.S. citizens will be able to bear arms? Why were the original words of our Founding Fathers not good enough for this poster?

When I was working on the Common Core test, the PARCC exam, last year I was told that the new Common Core way of writing and thinking demands that kids cite the “experts” in the texts that are presented to them on the exam when writing their essays and not rely on their own thinking or opinions. I was told that if they wrote about their own opinions or their own thinking that they would fail the Common Core test.

I was also told that they expected that teachers would mimic this new Common Core way of writing and thinking in their classroom instruction. The true goal of Common Core is to have kids parrot back talking points, determined by the administration in power no doubt, rather than to truly think for themselves.

What if a teacher used the “expert” opinion put forth on the erroneous U.S. Constitution poster I have in my classroom? With a few small changes in wording to our founding documents kids would be presented with quite a different view of their rights guaranteed in those same documents.

Kids instructed in the Common Core method of thinking and writing would know that they had better parrot back the “experts” on that poster, or the experts in their Common Core aligned textbooks as their grades, their test scores, and their teachers’ paychecks may depend on their mastery of this skill.

Luckily, I caught the bogus wording of the Second Amendment on the class poster and my class and I compared the poster’s wording to the original document, the U.S. Constitution. The kids in my class were furious and I liked that they were furious. It shows that our kids are still independent thinkers.  However, as Common Core takes hold that will all be changing soon and perhaps in just one generation.

The Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History teaching framework recently put out by the College Board, headed by Common Core architect David Coleman, prescribes the teaching of a progressive “reimagining” of American history based on imperialism, oppression, and racial injustice rather than exceptionalism.

Some of our nation’s brightest kids take AP History in high school for college credit and must be able to pass this new version of American history in order to pass the end of year AP American History exam. These kids had better not think for themselves or, God forbid consult with their parents about the exceptional nature of our country that is their birthright, if they know what is good for their grades and their exam scores.  According to Common Core, they had better parrot back the “experts” in their Common Core aligned and reimagined U.S. History textbooks.

In one generation our exceptional history and our kids’ exceptional minds can be wiped out since those who control our history, and the words used to teach that the history in the classroom, control our future. Who is controlling your kids’ future?  Your country’s future?

Anyone still think Common Core is just a new, more “rigorous” set of learning standards?

bradBrad McQueen is a former Common Core insider and current public school teacher in Tucson, Arizona and is the author of the anti-Common Core book “The Cult of Common Core”. Connect with Brad at cultofcommoncore@gmail.com

 

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28 Comments

  1. Unfortunately no,t Hank. Notwithstanding Common Core, the AIMS and other Data indicate a generally Academically Substandard School District. This situation will only change when/if the Grijalva Mexican Mafia control of the Electoral Process in TUSD and CD1 is dissolved.

  2. Standardized Testing, at every Grade Level/Subject, in our Public School System is necessary because of the heterogeneity of Instructional Programs of Schools and Classroom Teachers. We need an objective measure that indicates that our Students are being taught properly. This is the sole function of Standardized Testing and the necessity for their existence.

    We have lost, as a Nation (particularly here in Arizona), an understanding of the fundamental importance of Education for the long term survival of our Democracy. In his first Annual Address to Congress on January 8, 1790, President Washington said that Education was “the security of a free Constitution”…that, through Education a free people would know and value “their own rights”…..and would be able “to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness”.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/us-students-lag-around-average-on-international-science-math-and-reading-test/2013/12/02/2e510f26-5b92-11e3-a49b-90a0e156254b_story.html

    The Common Core Standards will highlight those States/School Systems/ Schools that have a viable/productive Public Secondary System and those that do not so that corrective measures can be taken; if necessary via a complete reorganization of the Administrative and Instructional Staff

  3. Justice Joseph Story: On the Second Amendment

    The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections and domestic usurpations of power by rulers.

    It is against sound policy for a free people to keep up large military establishments and standing armies in time of peace both from the enormous expenses with which they are attended and the facile means which they afford to ambitious and unprincipled rulers to subvert the government or trample upon the rights of the people.

    The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers and will generally even if these are successful the first instance enable the people to resist and triumph over them.

    And yet though this truth would seem so clear and the importance of a well regulated would seem so undeniable it cannot be disguised that among the American people there is a growing indifference to any system of militia discipline and a disposition from a sense of its burthens to be rid of all regulations.

    How it is practicable to keep the people duly armed without some organization it is difficult to see. There is certainly no small danger that indifference may lead to disgust and disgust to contempt and thus gradually undermine all the protection intended by this clause of our national bill of rights.

    Story, Joseph (1833) Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. Boston: Hilliard, Gray and Company. Cambridge: Brown, Shattuck, and Co. Volume III, page 746–747, §1890.

  4. I will assume that Mr. McQueen is accurate in his statement that Common Core standards promote the notion that students would be able to support their arguments through the appeal to expert authority. That is absolutely astonishing, since that is exactly what was done in the middle ages by churchmen arguing over the existence of god or how many angels could fit on the head of a pin. The appeal to authority has been at the heart of “scholastic arguments” for well over a millenia. It was one of the major obstacles to scientific advancement during the Scientific Revolutions of the 17th-19th centuries. It is only in the last century that the church has accepted the findings of science that seemingly contradict ancient authorities. Appeal to authority is a reactionary notion that has been used to fight progress (real progress, such as the advancement of scientific methods) and continues to be used in that same way by people more interested in indoctrination than education. And I won’t even get into how the appeal to authority has impacted Islam in the 21st century.

    • The thing is, he is wrong. The common core does not mention an appeal to experts. It says students should cite evidence. I challenge him to show the standard where it says students need to cite experts. People should actually familiarize themselves with the common core before writing about it.

      • What you don’t understand Chris, is studénts are to cite “experts” meaning the material they are given to read. They can’t cite other material or differing experts. They must regurgitate the opinion on the material provided.

        So if they are given Global Warming Hoaxed data, they must repeat the lie, despite all evidence that Global Warming is a fraud created by liberals for wealth redistribution and struggling green energy companies.

  5. Who the hell told you that? Wow, I am glad to see you only have a few comments on here from the ignorant. I have never in all my Common Core training ( and I have been to a lot of them) ever been told to discount individual thinking. I welcome it daily. You sir are an embarrassment to our profession. But then again you like “Keep Them Dumb Diane” so how valid can your facts be.

  6. @ Captain Obvious- Because the liberal progressive movement that controls most of the public education system detests the liberties that actual documents give to us; liberties significantly based on Judeo-Christian morals and values. Why do you think they are trying to rewrite history based on their “expert” interpretations?

  7. Some points:
    -OK, so they reworded all the amendments. Not just 2. Settle down.
    -The right to bear arms is not absolute. You do not have the ability to buy every sort of gun or other weapon available right? You cannot bring a gun every place you go right? How is the poster wrong? There have been plenty of cases: http://www.loc.gov/law/help/second-amendment.php
    -I imagine that this poster has nothing to do with the common core. I would even wager it predates it, but who knows.
    -You state that common core requires kids to cite experts. I just searched the standards. That is nowhere to be found. I believe you mean, that kids need to cite evidence when writing. Two very different things.

    It is easy to get people worked up when you conflate two different things. Common core and the second amendment… Liberals!!! Misrepresenting the facts and calling yourself a common core insider is dishonest. Either you are not what you say or you are purposefully lying. Either way, anybody reading this site should be wary.

  8. Here is a lesson in the definition of English punctuation for those that believe that 2nd amendment is open to interpretation by Hooplaphobic people, politicians, and activist CommieNazi judges, which, in fact it is not, especially “in certain instances”. Definition; comma ( kom’a ) n. A punctuation mark (,), used to separate words, phrases, and clauses. The 2nd Amendment; A well regulated Militia, comma ( change of subject ) being necessary to the security of a free state, comma ( change of subject again ) the right of the people to keep and bear arm’s shall not be INFRINGED. Being separated as they are it is plain to see, even someone with the I.Q. of an eggplant, that these are separate items and do not require one to belong to a Militia ……OK. Let’s see what the word “infringed” means… infringe ( in frinj’ ) vi.&vt. { infringed, infringing ] To encroach, as to infringe upon the rights of another. Syn. violate, intrude, transgress, contravene, break. Infring’er n. To my knowledge there has NEVER been an amendment to change the wording or separate phrase’s of the 2nd amendment.

    “The second amendment wasn’t written so we could go hunting. It was written so we could shoot at the government if it was ever taken over by TYRANTS……Judge Andrew Napolitano”

    tyranny n. misuse of power over others, ( see Obummer, Holder, Reid ), oppression, A single act or the whole system of government under a tyrant/tyrant’s, ( See afore mentioned names ).

  9. In certain cituations – meaning there is no ” Gun Free Zone” sign or the gun looks scary – or is made from a pop tart.

    Also, in certain cituations – you may have the right to drink a 64oz sugary soda, eat trans fats, use salt.

    Rather than a summary of the Constitution, why doesn’t Common Core reprint and teach from the actual documents ? Perhaps it’s because they are written in cursive, and kids can’t read cursive today.

  10. Watch what Ducey does. I don’t hold much hope for him. We have got to demand and stand strong against the Republicans who are shoving this down our throats. We have great examples of how McCain says one thing when he’s running for office and will turn around in 30 seconds upon re-election and shove the opposite down our throats. It’s up to us folks. Speak loud and clear and then read the fine print. Thanks for a great article and to Brad for daring to write & print it.

  11. jdfast – sir they are not rewriting history to make it fit their views of the past, but of the future as ‘they see it’ — this is how nations are overtaken from within, as Abe Lincoln stated – this nation won’t be overrun by those of the outside, but from those within….

  12. If anti-gun rights advocates have to lie and cheat to get their “point” across what kind of point is it?

  13. Just do an I-net search for photos of the great tyrants, Stalin-Lenin-Hitler-(Korean guy)-John “hoops” Huppenthal, as they pose for pictures surrounded by crowds of little school kids. They know you start with the education, and they all love gun control as well.

    “The youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”
    –Adolph Hitler 1937

    …and here
    https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2014/11/07/bill-ayers-and-brother-rick-discuss-corporate-evils-in-education-at-hilton-el-conquistador/

    …are the terrorists who have our gov’t school kids by the throat.

    As you can see, these terrorist educrats are very well-funded by federal and global communist forces AND by our tax dollars. They have a well-planned covert agenda aimed at US through our kids. Thanks to ADI and Mr. McQueen for illuminating them. I just don’t remember hearing about this conference on any of the TV or radio “news” broadcasts? And the co-chair of the House Communist Caucus and his daughter just got re-elected in Baja AZ, and get to keep the keys to our tax-dollar vaults. Is there something wrong with this picture? Ask one of your dimocrat friends – of what exactly are they so “proud?”

    God bless America.

  14. When the liberal architects that put this crap together and want to rewrite history and to make it fit into their “perceived” of history and events that are only true in their mind then our children will become little robots simply spewing back the knowledge that the experts “perceived” and not what actually happened. This is one scarey thought of “education” in this country when our children can’t think for themselves and if they do they end up on the trash heap. We all better become more involved in this “common core” movement because its not about education, its about making good little robots for the business world. We should never tell our children what they can’t do, rather we should encourage them to attempt reach higher and higher to attain their goals. When the education system led by the “professionals” attempt to put our kids in nice little boxes then this nation is in deep trouble and we are indeed headed for a new revolution.

  15. If you have not attended your local public school Governing Board meeting, I suggest that you do because what goes on in these meetings determines how our country will continue (or not) because it is at these meetings that the methods used to teach our children are proposed and implemented. These people serve you not the school administration and if you do not participate it will be those that wish to undermine our way of life that will be making these decisions.

  16. Mr. McQueen’s think offers me hope that there is still a chance – that more will see the light of what they are rapidly doing to the nation – but there seems so many others that agree with it – this last election offers again some hope – is it in time – I have doubt

  17. Not in my classroom! My students KNOW that I fully support the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms according to the law. I’m so glad that I’m closer to death than to birth because I can see this country’s educational system circling the drain.

  18. its not education its now “indoctrination” in what they demand you to think, from PC to your rights, as they see them, to your health care, to your descriptive words, phrases, statistics, research… there are no ‘re-education’ camps yet, but I don’t know that there won’t be soon – you know making us all ‘common core’ like it or not…

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