Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Florida teacher asked students to throw away the Constitution


Copied VERBATIM fom a story that was published yesterday in The Blaze.  I have already tweeted this story to my followers.

The photo was published by The Blaze, as part of their story.
The words are written in crayon, in the haphazard bumpiness of a child’s scrawl.

“I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”

They’re the words that Florida father Aaron Harvey was stunned to find his fourth-grade son had written, after a lesson in school about the Constitution.

Harvey’s son attends Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Fla.  Back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights.  But after the attorney left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, he said.

The paper sat unnoticed in Harvey’s son’s backpack for several months until last week, when his son’s mother almost threw it away.  The words caught her eye in the trash, and she showed it to Harvey, who said he was at a loss for words.  He asked his son, who said Sabb had spoken the sentence out loud and told them to write it down.  Harvey said he asked some of his son’s classmates and got a similar answer.

“Everybody has their opinions,” Harvey told The Blaze.  “I am strongly for proper education, for the freedom of thought so you can form your own opinion and have your own free speech in the future… [but] the education is, ‘when was the Constitution drafted, when was it ratified, why did this happen, why did we choose to do this…all these things, why did they particularly choose those specific rights to be in our Bill of Rights.’”

A different teacher, but the same principle

This section was added on September 25, 2017.

These are the first five paragraphs of a story published today on the website of KGUN, the ABC-TV affiliate in Tuscon, Arizona.
MESA, AZ - A Mesa mother is voicing concerns after her child's 4th-grade teacher changed words in the Declaration of Independence, and made the students recite the altered version in class.

The teacher at Salk Elementary school crossed out the words "man" and substituted it with "human".

The mother, Elizabeth Vaillencourt said the teacher's goal may have been to include women as well, but she went too far in altering a historical document.

When Vaillencourt took this concern to school officials, she was initially told she had "hurt the teacher's feelings" by posting about it on social media.

The school reacted by removing Vaillencourt's child from that teacher's classroom, and placing them under a different teacher.
Instead of removing the student his safety, the school's principal should have removed the teacher, to protect the safety of all of the students.

Note: This KGUN story was mentioned on the website The Blaze, which is why I saw it.  This is the complete text of the parent's Facebook page.  The Blaze story included a link.  The KGUN story did not.
I have an interview with Sonu Wasu with ABC 15 today to discuss this matter.

Indoctrination is happening at Salk Elementary

This is not up for debate  I am trying to raise awareness for those like myself who agree and see the problem with what the teachers doing for those of you who did not get that far what she is doing is indoctrination you may be alright with her doing this but it is against board and school policy so therefore she was in the wrong.

Indoctrination is in fact occurring in our Elementary Schools.  This was hanging in my son's 4th Grade classroom.  Each and every morning after the Pledge of Allegiance is said, the class recited this altered version of our Declaration Of Independence.  This teacher also felt it was "A teachable moment" when she shared with the class that she attended a protest of our President Donald J. Trump.  When I confronted the teacher she in fact believed this behavior to be within her rights.  We did get the sign removed from the classroom as well as my son.  My son is a Boy Scout of America and felt uncomfortable enough about this to tell us.  If he had not, and to my great shame, we would not have known.  And this would be still occurring.  I beg of you all for future generations to remain free, please beware of what is actually occurring in our schools.  The school seemed much more upset about my face book posts, meant to inform the public, than what is happening in the class.  I was told when we went to the school that they had another complaint.  If so ,why had they not acted?  Perhaps, turning a deaf ear?  Let us pray not.
These are the first two sentences in the fourth paragraph.

"Indoctrination is in fact occurring in our Elementary Schools.  This was hanging in my son's 4th Grade classroom."

This photo was added to her Facebook page.


In fairness to KGUN, their online story included a video of their on-air report.  The Blaze story included a photo of the parent.


More important than any words written in crayon

These words are what every President says, with his hand on a Bible, when he takes the Oath of Office at the beginning of his presidential term:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

- The United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 1.


Also more important than words written in crayon

"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." - Thomas Jefferson, our third president