Common Core Worksheet Tells Kids to Chose 2 Amendments to Remove from Constitution

Controversy has erupted over a Common Core team assignment at a middle school in Arkansas requiring students to decide which two amendments to remove from the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.

The assignment from the Bryant School District in Bryant, Ark., titled an “Assessment over The Bill of Rights,” tasked kids with deciding which two amendments in the Bill of Rights have become “outdated,” or have outlived their usefulness and should be removed from the law of the land.

The worksheet presents kids with the premise that there “has been a lot of controversy lately surrounding the War on Terror” and that many Americans feel the Patriot Act is a threat to our privacy and liberty while others feel it helps protect us. Therefore, the worksheet notes, the “government of the United States” has “determined that [The Bill of Rights] is outdated.”

Students are then informed that they have been appointed as a member of the “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force” and they need to decide which amendments should be eliminated to modify the Constitution to better fit into a new era of massive government surveillance.

Lela Spears, a mother of a Bryant student, was incensed by this assignment on many levels, not the least of which was, she claimed, the school’s failure to even teach what the Bill of Rights and the Constitution was before asking kids to slice and dice the document.

Mrs. Spears recently said that her daughter wasn’t even taught how the Constitution is amended.

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 (they do not use a book for this class, nor take one home to study from, only handouts that are put in a box for their table to share and place in their binders), around 6 in total, and nothing about how an Amendment is ratified. 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.

While confirming that this assignment is part of their curriculum, administrations of the Bryant School District dispute that the assignment is part of any liberal indoctrination and insist that the worksheet is only an exercise in critical thinking skills, not an attempt to undermine the U.S. Constitution.

Officials further disputed the account of the parent who said that children were not taught enough about the Constitution to serve as a basis to understand the “Assessment over The Bill of Rights” assignment.

Administrators also say that while the worksheet is “in line” with Arkansas’ Common Core requirements, it is not necessarily required by Common Core and is, rather, part of the course work they designed for their own district to satisfy Common Core testing requirements.

Arkansas was one of the 48 states that signed on with Common Core in 2010.

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Posted by on April 1, 2014.
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  • Lawrence Westlake

    Tip of the iceberg. Wait until you see what public K-12 lesson plans, assignments, textbooks, etc., look like in another decade. “Idiocracy” will become a de facto documentary. Speaking of which, the reported unemployment rate for the age 16-19 demographic is a staggering 21.4% and that of course doesn’t tell the full story because it excludes full-time students, welfare cases and other waste cases who are not bothering even to search for work. Not coincidental. Connect the political dots.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      Here’s an example of a great conference for teachers who’ll be instructing your white, privileged children in the next decade:

      “Teaching is a political act, and you can’t choose to be neutral. You are either a pawn used to perpetuate a system of oppression or you are fighting against it,” Radersma said during the session. “And if you think you are neutral, you are a pawn.”

      http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2014/04/White-Privilege-Conf-Teacher/index.php#.Uzv8sRytVKM.twitter

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        How does a jew get to heaven from dry humping the Wailing Wall like Miley Cyrus?

        While Leon Puñettas was so busy with gay pride celebrations at the Pentagon, three Navy Seals and a U.S. ambassador were murdered, all because everyone was being so fúcking gay…

        You people just can’t stop playing with your dícks.

        Who is going to fight a war against the Russians with cúm drunk morons like you in charge?

      • jim_m

        No sweat. This is something that bears repeating. People need to understand that today’s schools are not concerned in the least about education. They are all about ideological indoctrination and little else.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          You are ignorant and illiterate…

          Fantasy is their medium of infinitization… Like the Zohar Jew who dry humps the Wailing Wall like Miley Cyrus trying to achieve an erotic union with their “Shekinah,” a masturbatory cosmos maker… or miss neo-kabbalah Madonna, “Like a Virgin.”

          It is another distraction rooted in Tikkun Olam paganism and Judaic word fetishism coming from linguists like Naom Chomsky over at M.I.T., who use the Talmud as a blueprint for an illusion of a parallel and false reality.

  • yetanotherjohn

    The basic question of which two amendments should go actually isn’t a terrible way to teach about the bill of rights. How it is implemented is the problem.

    As a thought exercise, it is intriguing as to which two amendments are the “least important”.

    The first would be a hard one to take down, but modern liberals would probably like to in order to silence the right. Just look at the number of attempts by the left to limit speech (corporations no, unions yes; licensing “proper reporters”, politically correct speech, hate speech, etc).

    The second would be a clear and unquestioned favorite of the left to remove.

    You could make a good case for the third amendment being the least important, but recent actions by the police may bring it back to prominence.

    The fourth amendment wouldn’t seem like a good one to take out except the way it has been implemented, the fourth is protecting the guilty and not the innocent. If the police break into your home in violation of the fourth, you can get evidence gained from the search dismissed. If you were innocent of anything, exactly what good does that do you.

    The removal of the fifth might be popular with the right given the IRS scandal, but hopefully they would be able to look beyond the immediate nuisance.

    The sixth and seventh are becoming moot given prosecutorial actions on file a long list of charges, then plea bargain before trial. But like the rest they are an important bulwark against the state. We need to reform the prosecution, not the right to trial.

    The eighth is one of those “quiet” amendments, but the basic right is important.

    The ninth and tenth have been ignored, but I could make a case that they may end up to be the most important in eventually limiting government. I suspect the left wouldn’t have a problem with either or both going away.

    All in all, I would have a hard time finding one, let alone two of the bill of right amendments to “change”. The left could easily take out two to four (2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th).

    If you open the question up to all amendments then to have no impact you would remove 18th and 21st. If you want to have a positive impact, I would argue for removing the 16th to starve the beast and the 17th to align the senate to the states better or 22nd to take 3 electors permanently away from the left.

    • jim_m

      Yeah, somehow I think that the emphasis is going to be on justifying how you’d like to change it rather than examining what the ramifications are in removing any given amendment.

      I also doubt that today’s teachers would provide any meaningful discussion on the importance of any single amendment. I am sure that freedom of the press is going to be interpreted as freedom for professional MSM journalists by 99% of all teachers in the US.

      • yetanotherjohn

        That’s why I said the left could easily find 2 to 4 amendments out of the bill of rights that they see no value in. What is interesting to me is that 225+ years ago when they passed the bill of rights, the issues are still relevant today. Would we pass the exact same language today, probably not (e.g. amount in controversy more than $20), but the dangers of government the bill of rights was meant to protect us from are just as real and potent as they were back then. Maybe it’s police taking over your house and not troops, but the issue is the same.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        The Jewish owned international media is on an anti-white, anti-Christian fággot jihad…

        If it wasn’t for white Christians with guns, your friends Chuck Schumer and Mike Bloomberg would be a pair of lampshades…

    • Commander_Chico

      Good argument that the Ninth is dead, because government will push up to every right not specifically listed, and even ignore those that are.

      I’d get rid of the Ninth to add a specific right to privacy in electronic communications and personal affairs.

  • Hank_M

    If the American school system wasn’t already infected with rampant anti-Americanism, I’d think nothing of this assignment.

    However, considering the present state of education, this is another incremental step toward the ultimate goal of no individual rights, abortion excepted.

    Next years assigment will probably be to ask which national party they should abolish.

  • Red Five

    I’ve got 2: the 16th and 17th Amendments. 16 gives Congress the ability to tax income, and 17 changed the Senate from state government appointment to popular vote.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Well, we already repealed the 18th (Prohibition) so I’d agree on the 16th.
      Two amendments gone, assignment complete.

    • jim_m

      Assignment asked for 2 amendments from the Bill of Rights. That is 1-10, so you don’t get the luxury of choosing any others.

      • Red Five

        I don’t care. Damnocrats live for redefining words and rules, ignoring some laws and creating new ones out of thin air, so I will too. Good for the goose, good for the gander, no? Don’t like it? Suuuuuckiiiiiit!

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Against the use of nature? Present fears
          Are less than horrible imaginings.
          My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
          Shakes so my single state of man
          That function is smothered in surmise,
          And nothing is but what is not.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Fantasy is their medium of infinitization… Like the Zohar Jew who dry humps the Wailing Wall like Miley Cyrus trying to achieve an erotic union with their “Shekinah,” a masturbatory cosmos maker… or miss neo-kabbalah Madonna, “Like a Virgin.”

          It is another distraction rooted in Tikkun Olam paganism and Judaic word fetishism coming from linguists like Naom Chomsky over at M.I.T., who use the Talmud as a blueprint for an illusion of a parallel and false reality.

          All men are born of a woman, yet the media is on an anti-Christian fággot jihad…

      • stan25

        16th and 17th

  • JWH

    It seems like a pretty good exercise to me, although it should probably be teacher-directed.

    • AndrewX

      Gosh, I can’t wait to see how the members of that Chicago teachers union, who are led by a full bore Marxist, will be “directing” with this “exercise”.

      • jim_m

        Indeed. They will teach that , like obama said, the Constitution is seriously flawed as it is a Constitution of “negative rights” and only restricts the government and does not state what the government can do to the people without their agreement.

        How many Chicago teachers are going to teach that the constitution should mandate redistribution of wealth?

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Sodom Hussein Obama is just a lawn jockey for Jewish globalist financiers…

          You are one ignorant, impotent sap.

        • Brucehenry

          Geez. Think you could alert your buddy the “moderator” about this guy?

          • jim_m

            Bruce has a point here, Rodney. When we have a commenter whose antisemitism is even upsetting to the lefties it’s a problem.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Arabs are also semites, you lying Bolshevist Jew…

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            “The interim having weighed it, let us speak
            Our free hearts each to other.”

            You are just like the left, always seeking to silence voices… you communist piece of shít…

        • jim_m

          OK. I no longer get this place. We put Bruce’s comment under moderation because he says that Winston’s racist crap is, well, that it’s racist crap and doesn’t belong here, but we allow that racist crap to stay up.

          WTF people!

    • Commander_Chico

      Yeah, teaching a little critical thinking, have kids think about their freedoms.

      Plus, it’s cut two and ADD two. Maybe you could add a more specific right to privacy from electronic surveillance. The Fourth is being ignored.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        Jesuits and the Vatican… Hitlery Clinton’s Presidential Campaign-Latin America Working Group…

        Zbigniew Brzezinski… Institute on Communist [Anti-Russia] Affairs, 1960 to 1989… Obama at Columbia with Brzezinski… never seen on campus, student transcripts are sealed…

        Sodom Hussein Obama visits Jesuit Pope… secret input, NSA computer system and network…

        Vatican banking scandal, secret accounts, audited… purged of evidence… the angel is burned…

        • Commander_Chico

          Welcome, Winston! Have you met Carolyne?

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            “Nobody cared about who I was until I put on the mask.”

          • jim_m

            Don’t fool yourself. We still don’t give a damn.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            You think darkness is your ally… you merely adopted the dark… I was born in it, molded by it… I didn’t see the light of day until I was already a man…

          • jim_m

            That’s a little unfair. Winston makes LJCaroline look rational.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            All of the Jews on the Supreme Court are America hating socialists.

            All of the Jews in the US Senate are America hating socialists.

            All of the Jews in the US House are America hating socialists.

            Sodom Hussein Obama is just a lawn jockey for Jewish globalist financiers.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Well, Seig Heil to you. Now, be a good little Nazi and goosestep right on outa here.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Ich bin der Orden des Drachen… I am not a National Socialist… I am Ordinul Dragonului… Ordo Draconis…

            I am a white supremacist, and if Vladimir Putin is the Next Charlemagne, I’ll wear his uniform.

            If Marine LePen is the next Joan of Arc, I’ll fight for her too.

          • Commander_Chico

            True.

  • 914

    Screw commie core.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

      Obamacare was written by a Jew…

  • 914

    It’s ObamaCare without the website failure.

  • Paul Hooson

    An outrageous assignment even if it’s intended to make students think. I have very strong feelings in support of the entire Bill O Rights, especially freedom of the press and free speech issues.

  • AT

    2 and 4! And replace them with unlimited term limits and executive fiat becomes automatic law!

    That’s the right answer, right? I’m now off the IRS targeting list, right?

  • Ian

    The title of this article is a bit misleading, it seems: I teach English at a public middle school that’s adopted the Common Core, and there actually won’t be any official Common Core standards for social studies/history until 2018, I believe. It might be later than that. There definitely aren’t any out there right now; so this particular social studies/history teacher must have been using something of his/her/the district’s own and calling it Common Core, or it’s an activity pertaining to the Common Core in language arts that’s being modified for social studies. Whatever the case, the national Common Core committees have certainly not created this assignment.

  • ackwired

    Sounds like a pretty good exercise. What they say is true. The government is ignoring the bill of rights and the Patriot Act did nullify your constitutional rights. At least these kids will see what is being taken from us and have to think about it. That is a whole lot more awareness than they will get watching Fox News or MSNBC.

    • Vagabond661

      Well explain what the BIll of Rights are then ask kids to give examples how they are protected or abused would be a better exercise.

    • jim_m

      Sorry. I’m not sure I want these idiots teaching ANYTHING about the Constitution since they are clearly a bunch of left wing wackos

      “Teaching is a political act, and you can’t choose to be neutral. You
      are either a pawn used to perpetuate a system of oppression or you are
      fighting against it,” [said Kim Radersma, a former high school English
      teacher]. “And if you think you are neutral, you are a pawn…. Being a
      white person who does anti-racist work is like being an alcoholic. I
      will never be recovered by my alcoholism, to use the metaphor… I have
      to everyday wake up and acknowledge that I am so deeply imbedded with
      racist thoughts and notions and actions in my body that I have to choose
      everyday to do anti-racist work and think in an anti-racist way.”

      So if they are assuming that white people are by default irrational racists that must consciously work to overcome those racist tendencies, WTF are they teaching about society and why should we let them continue?

      Funny how whites seem to be genetically coded for racial intolerance and claiming that is OK, but if you claim that blacks are genetically coded for athletic performance you are a racist.

      Seems like a whole lot of racist projection going on.

      I would take this as a confession from a lefty that he really is a racist at heart and that he really does have to work consciously to not e a racist. However, I would assert that this is not the norm for the rest of society and that he is projecting his own bigoted experience on everyone else. Sounds like he needs to be locked away from the rest of society to prevent him from doing harm.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        All of the Jews on the Supreme Court are America hating socialists.

        All of the Jews in the US Senate are America hating socialists.

        All of the Jews in the US House are America hating socialists.

        • ackwired

          Quite the rants, Jim and Winston. Off topic, but very loud!

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Not at all off topic… you are ignorant and illiterate filth…

            Fantasy is their medium of infinitization… Like the Zohar Jew who dry humps the Wailing Wall like Miley Cyrus trying to achieve an erotic union with their “Shekinah,” a masturbatory cosmos maker… or miss neo-kabbalah Madonna, “Like a Virgin.”

            It is another distraction rooted in Tikkun Olam paganism and Judaic word fetishism coming from linguists like Naom Chomsky over at M.I.T., who use the Talmud as a blueprint for an illusion of a parallel and false reality.

            Education is the topic…

            And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
            The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
            Win us with honest trifles, to betray ’s
            In deepest consequence.

          • jim_m

            I’ll thank you to not ever group me with that vile lunatic. I made a point, he spews incoherent hate.

  • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

    This is carrying things too far. We all need to call this traitor school and give them a piece of our mind. You know who thought this crap up. Take your kids out of public schools if you don’t want them brain washed.

  • gypsyluv

    Get rid of the 16th Amendment even though it’s not part of the bill of rights. also I think we should add to the Bill of Rights…..the Right to be Left Alone!!