If you were under the impression that the Second Amendment said something about how the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, you clearly didn’t go to one of today’s Common Core schools.
Superintendent Bob Hill of Springfield, Ill., Public Schools has refused to remove a Common Core-endorsed workbook for seventh graders that contains a very inaccurate definition of the Second Amendment, despite parent complaints.
The workbook defines the Second Amendment thusly: “This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists.”
Hill recently took to local radio to defend the workbook, saying it teaches students “what happens with the right to bear arms in the context of 2014.”
Hill insists that the workbook is not promoting a political agenda, and he said that removing the material at this point in the school year would be “unfair” to the teacher.
He added that the lesson was designed by a now-retired teacher, and micromanaging of classroom materials would be an insult to educators.
Clearly a teacher’s ego is more important than ensuring that children have accurate historical information.
The real Second Amendment states, “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.”
Nothing in there about registering firearms or not having a prison record.
In the workbook’s definition, the bit about keeping the United States from acting like the British is a strange twist, to put it mildly.
The Founding Fathers had just fought a war against a tyrannical mother country that tried to repress the American colonists. They knew that the only safeguard against heavily armed soldiers was for the average citizen to be just as well-armed and trained in firearms use.
The Second Amendment isn’t in the Constitution for the sake of hunting or of making us look good compared with the British. The Second Amendment is in the Constitution so that citizens can protect themselves from a tyranny.
One of the things tyrannies do, of course, is to “re-educate” the young generation by rewriting history until they no longer know where they come from or what their forefathers believed.
Does that sound like any modern Administration you can think of?