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.’”


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