Common core assignment asks kids to choose 2 amendments from the Bill of Rights to remove

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    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/03/125409-crazily-scary-common-core-problem-asks/

    The mother who spoke up said she was particularly troubled by the fact that her daughter’s Sixth Grade History class had received no prior training in civics or how to amend the Constitution, which may lead those children to incorrectly believe that it can be changed by a “special committee” as suggested by the assignment.

    “After she brought it home and explained her assignment to me, it made me question exactly what she was being taught. Where I can see a class using critical thinking skills to modernize the words, as to help them better understand the Amendments, giving an assignment to remove two then add two with little explanation as to why is upsetting,” she said.

    We know that teaching our children false principles – particularly those pertaining to Americans’ basic rights – is dangerous because it can make them less likely to realize and speak up when those rights are being violated in the future. If the Common Core curriculum promotes some of those false principles (whether purposefully or not), it is time to make some big changes – before it’s too late.
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    I actually think its a good thought exercise... if the pedagogic goal is to make the student understand why all are valuable and ultimately indispensable.

    Somehow I doubt this is anything so benign.
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    Did you read the introduction to the assignment? It's a good one.

    Sounds like a good critical thinking exercise.....a good way to really learn and understand the Bill of Rights.
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    How in the world is this a story?
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    anytime liberals start messing with what is taught to our kids it is always best to duck
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    What is wrong with critical thinking assignments?
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    Personally, I would have chosen to make it company policies that were being changed. This assignment does seem to be confusing students more than helping them. It would be better to teach them the process by which changes to the constitution are made, instead of insinuating that it can be accomplished through a "small team with others who may or may not share your values or opinions."

    Poor choice of assignment, IMO.
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    nana on the surface nothing but when they have zero idea of Civics and how our Constitution works and the importance of the Bill of Rights, it brings into question just what they are trying to accomplish
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    If the direction of the lesson is to leave the students sincerely interested in removing any of the bill of rights or even of a notion that they are just acts of government benevolence, that is a bad thing and not a good thing. Critically thinking one's way to Stupidtown isn't any help to anyone.
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    How do you know the kids have no knowledge of Civics or our Constitution and Bill of Rights? They are in 6th grade....middle school. My grandson is in 6th grade this year.....he's has Civics and a class on persuasive writing.
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    Nana - depends on where you are. My daughter's 6th grade class last year did only world history. They started American history this year - on War of 1812 right now.
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    If I read the article correctly it says so
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    The 10th has been stomped upon to the point it might as well have been removed.
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    My bad....missed it. The next question is why haven't 6th graders been exposed to civics, the Constitution and general operations of our government?
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    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/201...f-rights-we-are-not-trying-to-brainwash-kids/

    by the way, this all happened six months ago.
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    The 10th still has some teeth, just not nearly as many or as sharp as the plain language of it clearly requires. The 9th is the one that has been given basically no force of law and has been called an "ink blot" before by Supreme Court justices.
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    Class times have gotten shorter in some places? Don't know now, but in FL it used to be classes were close to an hour. My daughter's classes run 35 minutes, and until this year she didn't have "Social Studies" every day. It alternated with gym. She only had math, science and English/Language Arts daily. They've shoved in so many other crazy classes/requirements that the teachers can't cover as much material, and since Social Studies isn't part of the NY state testing until you get to Regents in High School, they've stuck it in the back burner. It's beyond ridiculous.
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    With FCAT class time requirements for reading and math, class times for social studies and science are shorter in FL in elementary school. There also tends to be a gap in learned material when there's a change in curriculum......like this assignment where the kids may not have the proper background in American government and civics.
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    Thanks - wasn't sure how things were down there now compared to when I was in school :)
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    There is nothing wrong with critical thinking, and my guess is this actually a great way for kids to learn the Constitution.

    Folks like Bill just automatically equate this to the belief that liberals indoctrinate children in school

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