There is a textbook that some schools use titled “United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination” and published by Amsco School Publications.
In the section on the Bill of Rights, it includes a summary of the 10 amendments, presumably because printing the 462 words as they were written would be too long.
The summary of the Second Amendment: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”
Compare that to the original: “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.”
Not even close.
This purported history book is not a history of America, it is a leftist’s dream of what America should be.
This, my friends, is the core problem with government schools. He who controls what is taught, controls what is thought. Letting the government decide what is taught, and therefore what is thought, is a recipe fraught with peril.
The curriculum in government schools is subject to the whims of the majority and those in power. Unfortunately for American children, the government education system is dominated by leftists. And not just any leftists, but those who embrace collectivism, worship diversity — except diversity of opinion — and subscribe to the notion that history is a series of eras based on who the white man was victimizing.
Because of this liberal dominance of education, you end up with textbooks such as the one mentioned above.
Or, worse, you end up with borderline pornography, such as Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” appearing as an example of a book that should be taught to 11th-graders.
If you’re unfamiliar with this book on the Common Core exemplar list, it deals with such topics as rape, incest, child molestation and race. That by itself would give any thinking adult pause as to whether it is appropriate to teach to 16-year-olds. It is doubtful your average 16-year-old could fully appreciate the subject matter.
It gets worse. The book describes, in a graphic and patently offensive manner, sexual acts, particularly the incestuous rape of an 11-year-old girl by her father. The graphic details do not add to the story line and exist simply to appeal to the prurient interest. I would quote an example, but it would never be permitted to appear in a newspaper.
Schools that have used the book have marked certain pages that were not allowed to be read in school, but only at home. If the book were a movie, it would never be shown in schools and 16-years-olds would not be permitted to view it at the theaters. We might as well as put “Fifty Shades of Grey” on the list.
Of course, when you talk about removing the book, as the president of the Ohio Board of Education wanted to do, then the leftists accuse you of banning books, which is nonsense.
There is a huge difference between removing a book from an exemplar list of reading material for 16-year-olds and banning a book. Looking at the list, one cannot help but see that The Bible does not appear on it. That is because the left would never allow The Bible to be read in a government school, even for purely literary purposes, despite it being the most read and best-selling book in human history.
A few other books not on the list include some of the greatest books ever written: “Ulysses,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Lolita,” “Anna Karenina,” and, “1984,” — which no liberal would allow to be read anyway. “The Bluest Eye” is not even in the same league with these books.
A more practical problem is that Common Core stresses the reading of nonfiction. That means a very limited number of fiction books will be taught. If “The Bluest Eye” is one of them, then truly great works of literature, such as “Don Quixote,” or “The Great Gatsby,” will not be taught.
Given a choice between “Don Quixote” and “The Bluest Eye,” a conscientious parent or educator would certainly choose “Don Quixote.” So which would you choose for your child?