Common Core: Sixth Graders Asked To Revise ‘Outdated’ Bill Of Rights

Mikael Thalen
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October 8th, 2013
Updated 10/08/2013 at 5:27 pm

Sixth grade students from the Bryant School District in Arkansas were asked to throw out two amendments in the Bill of Rights as part of a Common Core history class assignment.
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The worksheet reads:

“The government of the United States is currently revisiting The Bill of Rights. They have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.”

The worksheet goes on to ask the students to “prioritize, revise, omit two and add two amendments to the Bill of Rights.”

Lela Spears, whose daughter brought the worksheet home, says this is her daughter’s first assignment concerning the Bill of Rights and Constitution.

“After she brought it home and explained her assignment to me, it made me question exactly what she was being taught,” Spears told the Digital Journal. “She didn’t even understand what the Amendments meant. How can she make an informed decision when she doesn’t understand what she is ‘throwing out’?”

The assignment also asks students to revise the Bill of Rights under a special “task force,” failing to mention the amendment process which includes support from a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate.

“Funny thing, she was never told how the Bill of Rights is amended; I do not believe that amended was even used in the class language, only “changed”. I read through the handouts she was given, around 6 in total, and nothing about how an Amendment is ratified,” Spears said.

Luckily, Spears not only made sure to properly inform her daughter on the amendment process, but on the importance of the inalienable rights expressed in the document as well.

“I believe that, with the wording of the assignment, many children will think that the Bill of Rights is amended and can be changed by a “special” committee instead of an act of Congress. I know that my child will not think this is true since I have made it my mission to be very much involved in her education,” Spears said.

The Obama administration backed “Common Core State Standards” program, supported in 45 states, has already received massive backlash from parents across the country.

Just last month, a parent in Louisiana was shocked after hearing her fourth grade son say “pimp” and “mobstaz,” words the mother found in her son’s homework. The school defended the assignment, claiming the words were appropriate for 9-year-old children according to Common Core.

A Common Core backed textbook referred to as the most “widely adopted history textbook” in the country has also rewritten the Second Amendment, claiming that people only have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia, also claiming that people only have the right to bear arms, not “keep” and bear arms.

Unfortunately, not every student has a parent that will find and correct the government’s purposeful and malicious historical rewrites, leaving thousands of children at the mercy of the state’s demagoguery.

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  1. MJ B. says:

    This is scary and the reason why so many people choose to home school.

  2. Troof says:

    Go read your own link to the article about students being told police can confiscate firearms. It was updated with information disproving it before this article was even posted.

  3. Paul says:

    Lol This is clearly Tea Party bullshit. Talk about demagogy…And for those Americans that are so concerned with never having their gun taken away: you can't pick and choose which parts of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights you WANT to follow; yes, you are allowed to carry a firearm, but states also aren't allowed to change voting laws, as dictated by these aforementioned documents. Isn't it obvious that billionaires who sit in ivory towers are orchestrating the "poor people" against one another? Stop using the word 'freedom' so much, you're emptying it of all its meaning.

    • Guest says:

      No no Paul, your an idiot and apparently cannot read.

      Article 1 Section 4
      The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators

      • Paul says:

        Yes, I cannot read, despite the fact that you're using the incorrect form of "your." But I digress. You are correct in asserting the first half of that statement, but the second half proves my point. Congress, which is part of the legislative branch of FEDERAL government, can OVERTURN whatever it is the state legislature does in terms of elections. "But the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations." So really, if the federal government deems something to be unfair, say, state legislatures making it extremely hard for certain racial/ethnic groups to vote in certain districts, the federal government is well within their right to correct that injustice. Essentially, states can mess around with voting laws, but the federal government has the final say. Voting laws should be the same, regardless of geographic location, so as to promote fairness and equality. Equality is one of our founding tenets, so someone who is against that is really the person who doesn't believe in the foundation of America.

  4. Freedom says:

    The Bill of Rights

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQNiBQehwp8

    Not one thing about it outdated. Not even evil has halted it, but evil will ‘LOSE!’

  5. guest says:

    wow, people you need to wake the hell up and see how the gov is trying to brainwash our children to do exactly what they cannot get us to do!

  6. High Treason says:

    "He alone who controls the youth controls the future." "Make the lie big, tell it often and people will come to believe it." Where did these quotes come from? We are seeing the education system used as a propaganda machine. If you do not let it be known you are unhappy, they will continue taking away your rights and continue the behavior as per the Nazi quotes above.Wake up- the treachery is unfolding right in front of your eyes. Good start to realize the treachery is Infowars, then research for yourself.

    • Roger says:

      The educational system, the media (notice I don’t say journalist, they are lone gone) the courts, the political elite…

      All use propaganda on us daily.

  7. Chris says:

    Wow this is absolutely insane..
    People need start either homeschooling or do some kind of Co-op for their kids because these Government schools are just getting worse and worse.

  8. Howard T. Lewis III says:

    If I was to state an educated guess, the 9-11 attacks served as did the Tet offensive in Vietnam on January 30, 1968 to base a coordinateed attack against the U.S.. Check out the shadow governments continuation of dictating executive policy while their stooge, Obummer Saetoro does his Frank Sinatra imitation to move his crowd. Recurring themes of sex abuse and pedophiliac sex abuse are enough to make most of us know we need to corral these swine and benefit from the removal of what has been shown to be genetic slag disguised and smoke screened with the bottomless supplies from the Rothschild avarice.

  9. robert says:

    The only students that would pass would be the ones that said the officials/government who said the bill of rights need to be changed should be charged with treason for not upholding their oath to office. Which is to protect at all costs the constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic

  10. Ken says:

    Such a knee-jerk silly reaction to this assignment. It was designed to make students think for themselves which amendments THEY think are important and why and ways they might “improve” the government if given the chance. It’s not about learning the process of changing the constitution or the “rightness” of doing so. It’s about getting kids to THINK, rather than just regurgitate facts on demand. Critical thinking skills are more important than the ability to spout off the process of changing an amendment.

    • Thisisyou says:

      I agree

    • Rastafari says:

      Now children, we want you to think.

      We want you to think about politics in this "country" (oops, it's a corporation, not a country … well let's just ignore that and move on).

      Here's our "system", children. Democrats and Republican. And here's what each party believes on this chart. And, children, if you want proof of that, just watch the "news" where the experts will confirm that these are the beliefs of the 2 parties. No, don't look at what they (the parties and their representatives) actually DO, just look at what they SAY they do.

      So, children, you have a "choice" of what to believe. Either what we tell you the democrats believe or what we tell you the republicans believe. That's your choice.

      By choosing between 2 false choices, under a false premise (that this corporation is a country and that we choose a government leader), this will teach you critical thinking skills.

      According to Ken, and the other common core, no child left behind, etc.

      Deliberate Dumbing Down of America.

  11. Sick and tired says:

    History is repeating itself and no one wants to see it. This is EXACTLY what Hitler did to brainwash his country. Special task force eh? Sound familiar? Keep placating this government and see where it leads you.

  12. Defiant says:

    They doubtlessly got extra credit if they elected to nix the 2nd Amendment…

  13. carl says:

    Can they include, reprobate, subversive, psychopaths to this list. How does a program act one way toward a certain group but has indifference towards another group? Where is the justice that the program is suppose to be advocating. A lie is just that, a lie. It takes ten lies to cover up one lie. Do the math it's a googol. A googol is 100 zeros behind the whole number. Teach that!

  14. Aggravated says:

    Thank you for your post Ken. I'm glad to see someone with some sense. The ignorance of the parents of our public education students is so present when it comes to Common Core. What the state governments really need to focus on, is educating the parents on how the Common Core Standards work. They are designed to get kids to problem solve instead of being spoon fed information. The parent who went through the process of explaining how an amendment is made, probably did the kid an injustice. After reading the assignment, I see how this could be an introduction to a unit, and the teacher was having the class use inquiry skills to figure out for themselves a process to make an amendment. Then AFTER the exploration, is when you teach students the actual process. But we aren't given the ENTIRE lesson… we only see this little part. These bias websites and exposures of the Common Core are HYPOCRITICAL. They do EXACTLY what all you ignorant people accuse the government of doing and only PROVIDING HALF THE STORY. Get the facts and the entire story before you start passing your judgments. The reason parents don't like Common Core is because it's too hard to make your kids think because you are all enablers. This country is so far behind in mathematics and science. It's because we are lazy. You think parents in Korea, China, anywhere in Europe complain like this? No, because they value education, learning and thinking. Go over there and learn their educational system.. then look at ours and realize how ridiculous you all are.

    • Greg says:

      Dear Aggravated, Either you are a paid troll or you need to wake up and smell the coffee! I have two 6th graders, they have NO IDEA what the Constitution or Bill of Rights are, much less what they mean and how they were created and ratified. This is the problem with Common Core and the last several Fed education programs: they are dumbing down our kids by not requiring them to actually LEARN before they attempt to reason or "Explore." It's mental masturbation for an 11 year old to tackle this subject without any background or context or even understanding of the subject matter. We are behind in math because our kids are not required to learn math tables any more because the teachers find the work boring and so we teach reason without understanding. You can't learn physics if you can't multiply 7x 8. Parents in other countries are not complaining about CC because THEY HAVE DUMPED IT. They are too busy teaching their kids times tables while ours are busy posting on Facebook.
      So to start an intro lesson with a false premise (the Bill of Rights IS NOT under change) and then to arbitrarily ask the kids to dump two and add two is insane! Why two? Why not four, or all of them? Want to wager how many will be persuaded to dump #2 by the anti-gun NEA teachers? People like you, statist, collectivist Nazi's are the real problem here.

      • S.T. says:

        I'm a teacher and a little irritated at your comment that teachers find the work boring? Really? You are a huge piece of crap who knows nothing about education or teachers. The reason why other countries don't have common core is because they don't need it. They aren't the ones behind, moron. We are. You say they dumped it like it was this international program that every other country decided not to go with. You're a retard and I hope your sixth graders get teachers who influence them to be better people than what you could ever raise them to be. Aggravated is right, you are ignorant.

        • phil says:

          ..Correction Teach: What CommonCore attempts to do is transparent. Yep, with the best of intent, I'm certain, (yeah, right) as are all Liberal, feel good programs. Common Core attempts to level the playing field of students. The goal is to DUMB DOWN all students so the bottom doesn't look so bad on the standardized tests. Requiring as someone said…"mental masturbation", rather than understanding FACTS, provides the instructor subjective grading opportunity. This fits nicely with the goal of X number of students performing at, or above grade level. (See Atlanta Public School "Educator" scandals)

          Many in depth studies have shown some of our high schools do remarkably well, when compared with those of other countries. (Upstate Connecticut, etc.) Why? These are homogeneous student bodies that have parents who care about the education of their children, rather than seeing those children only as another monthly Federal check. (Let's call it like it is) This little FACT, is kept hush-hush, as the incentive is ALWAYS to seek more MONEY. (It's…(say it with me,) for the children…) Billions spent on a World Class education. Calling school teachers as "Educators," instead of requiring efficient, accountable, readily transparent, utilization of precious community resources. (taxes) Common Core..is big bucks for a few people who realize the guilt trip that can be laid at the feet of American Liberals. (i.e. Global Warming…and Al Gore)

          You are, supposedly a teacher, yet you called someone who challenged your pre-conceived ideas…"a Huge piece of Crap" (this is the hallmark of an educated person?), and…"a retard."
          We aren't buying your bull. YOU are part of the problem. I will take care of my precious resources, my off-spring, and pull them out of your failed indoctrination facilities. If the school system is small enough, I would find you with a wagon of Tar and Feathers and run you out of town on a rail. Problem solved, at least for MY school system, that I pay to keep. Now have a Nice Day:)

          • Rastafari says:

            Well said, Phil.

            Anyone with children must read:

            Deliberate Dumbing Down of America by Charlotte Iserbyt. online for free.

  15. FRED says:

    I would ask you good folks to search online for a website called "cpexposed" (without the quotes), Here we have an organisation (which I do not work for nor represent) which is outing an alledged:) marxist orwellian organisation called Common Purpose which for some reason receives £85M/$120M a year to operate as a charity! it seems to me that the Common core in the USA is an offshoot.
    The guy who runs the cpexposed (Common Purpose exposed) website is a retired officer of the British Royal Navy – not exactly your average conspiracy theorist.
    Best wishes to all from the UK.

  16. Mr.Lincoln says:

    Americans Are Being Treated to Political Theater: Forget the Government Shutdown – It’s About Shutting YOU Down By The Hagmann Report Global Research, October 08, 2013
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/americans-are-being-

  17. Tig says:

    Ain't no voting our way out of this one. Can we please have a revolution now?

  18. Aaron says:

    http://www.mysaline.com/profiles/blog/show?id=873

    Read Mr. Sherrills comments to see the facts of this story.

    • Jillo60 says:

      A weak explanation when you consider the values of true American Patriarchs- their strong belief in what our forefathers felt was truth that would not change with time. Considering this belief, who would be so bold as to think we, as "modern" patriots, should change what has been proposed and established?

  19. Randy says:

    For YEARS no part of the Constitution was taught in the Public Schools. Now they expect 6th graders to know all of the 'ins and outs' of the Amendment process, and what it takes to 'repeal' an Amendment. I'm not sure thatthe Bill Of Rights can even BE amended or repealed. Common Core is BAD NEWS for our kids. It only helps the 'new world ODER'

    • Jason Perry says:

      If I am to understand….the 1st 10 Amendments to the US Constitution were adopted as a whole "Bill of Rights" at the request of several of the States that conditioned their ratification of the new US Constitution upon them….from the Preamble to the Bill of Rights:

      "THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution."

      These 10 amendments…the Bill of Rights…..to me, represent ONE document….desired by several of the states, without which their ratification would be withheld…..CANNOT BE REPEALED singly nor as a whole. To do so, would negate the ratification of those states.

      The Bill of Rights represents sovereign rights that FREE people possess. NOT rights granted by a government, monarch nor dictator. Remember, too, that the powers granted to the US Government by our Constitution are derived from the PEOPLE…NOT the other way around.

      Bill of Rights 10th Amendment: "All Powers not granted to the United States by this Constitution, nor prohibited by it, are reserved to the States or to the People."

      The powers of the US Government are very limited by our Constitution. Those powers have gotten out of control. The government may think that we want to "overthrow" the government with talk of impeaching Yomama, Holder and the rest, but what we must do is RESTORE our Constitutional Republic and adhere to our founding documents.

      Why so many people think our Constitution is "outdated" and not made for the 21st century is beyond me. It is not a difficult document to read or understand. Powers are LIMITED and SPECIFIC. Sovereign rights are enumerated, protected and GUARANTEED to the PEOPLE.

  20. I'm not sure thatthe Bill Of Rights can even BE amended or repealed. thanks

  21. Mabel R. Hernandez says:

    Of course not every student has such parents, but not every student is able to think. Most of our young people have lost their opinions on the Internet TVs. Every 10 student knows nothing about our constitution. They book of essays on websites by type (essay writing here) And pass them without reading them. I'm not saying it's bad, but everyone should have their opinions Let develop and I am glad that in our country there are still parents and students.
    Thank them.

  22. Domestic Zombie Wife says:

    Actually, as defined by the USSC, there are 2 different "types" of militia. The organized (National Guard) and unorganized (all able-bodied persons between certain ages).
    http://suburbandomesticzombie.wordpress.com/2013/

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  24. Ken says:

    The USSA is being destroyed by the same sickness that destroyed Russia and enslaved them with the USSR. If you cannot say JEW, then you are so far brainwashed its sad. 109 times throughout history these parasites have had to be removed from territory after territory for enslaving people with usury, promoting degeneracy and destroying a Nation’s Laws.

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