In approximately 30 percent of the nation’s public and private schools, a publication called Studies Weekly helps augment the assigned texts. Carrying the moniker of “America’s new textbook,” Studies Weekly covers math, science, social studies, and other subjects in a regularly-distributed newspaper format. The problem? The publication – proud to be aligned with Common Core standards – is teaching kids a rather biased version of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
The fourth-grade version of the newsletter comes with a detailed explanation of the 10 amendments that form the backbone of America’s commitment to personal liberty. That would be all well and good, except that their “explanations” are somewhat at odds with the original text. Consider their approach to the Second Amendment.
The original text: 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.
Studies Weekly‘s interpretation: “In early America, England tried to take the guns from colonists as a way of keeping control over the people. When our Constitution was written, the right to keep a weapon was protected. Today, some people think that this right refers only to a local militia or National Guard. Some people want to ban guns, hoping that will reduce crime. What do you think?”
Er, I think you’re trying to indoctrinate a captive audience of children by making them think that the Constitution is up for debate. By presenting the right to bear arms as a kind of historical oddity, Studies Weekly is subtly giving readers the “right” answer without resorting to a blatant lie. By exposing them to this wishy-washy interpretation of the Second Amendment, liberals can raise an entire generation of students to believe the greatest of leftist myths: the Constitution is a “living document,” open to broad interpretation.
They don’t stop with the Second Amendment, though. Studies Weekly also provides a strange explanation of the First Amendment.
The original: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Studies Weekly helpfully adds their own amendment to the “establishment of religion” part of the text: “You are free to practice any part of your religion so long as it doesn’t hurt other people.”
This isn’t as flagrant as their Second Amendment waffling, but it is still enough to raise an eyebrow. It’s true enough, what they say, but is the added explanation in search of that truth? Or is it there because they want kids to come to the unspoken conclusion, i.e., there are parts of your religion that are hurting other people.
It’s just another reason parents should be very wary about the educational materials their kids are bringing home. School isn’t just about education; it’s about shaping a child’s mind. And with the federal government gaining increased control over the curriculum, you have to watch out for these little liberal messages.