A bill to fight back against the Common Core curriculum has been introduced in the Alabama State Senate, adding to the large number of states pushing back against this attempted federal educational takeover.Details
SB167 titled “The Act to Restore Educational Authority to Georgia Citizens” would enact measures to prevent the outsourcing of educational power from local communities to unaccountable federal bureaucrats.it would also withdraw the state from following Common Core standards.Details
(Dedicated to Gabby)
A couple weeks ago, I was texting with my daughter, getting caught up on what was going on in our lives, when she mentioned being on grand jury duty. The discussion inevitably, with a Tenther for a Dad, went to jury nullification. I felt like a failure as a parent when she told me that she was not familiar with the concept. It was then that I knew I had to work hard to make up for lost time.
There are many things that are important to discuss with your kids if you are a parent. Some of them are things that, if you don’t talk to them, I can guarantee someone else will, such as drugs. I have to confess, I tried to find a link to an old PSA from when I was a teen, but had no luck. Other things, if you don’t talk to your kids, there’s a good possibility no one will. Ronald Reagan, in his farewell address spoke of a new patriotism, and urged the youth of America:
All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ‘em know and nail ‘em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.
Jury nullification fits into that latter category. Better late than never, I explained how the jury has the right not only to decide based on the facts of the case, but based on the law itself and whether or not that law is just and/or constitutional. I then proceeded to share with her some of the history of jury nullification, from William Penn’s trial in 17th Century England to the NJ Weedman case last year. As I explained the cases, I was told that was, “interesting.” I replied, “And empowering as well.”Details
It seems we have reached a new point of inversion.
Are we at a point where references to the Constitution are now censored by the public education system? The curriculum has long been compromised with Constitutional half-truths, but are we now censoring student’s speeches that reflect on the Constitution? Is it too controversial, or just too obviously true, to allow a valedictorian to point out that the federal government is trampling rights?
According to reports, a North Texas valedictorian’s microphone was recently shut off mid-speech when his speech varied from the submitted script. The speech varied and “…he was talking about getting constitutional rights getting taken away from him.” the microphone was cut off. In fairness to the school, there was a policy in place that microphones would be shut off if the speech went off-script.
However, this trend to micromanage the speech of those that have earned the highest academic position available is problematic. What prompts the school to implement such authoritarian measures of censorship of a valedictorian’s speech? Who’s speech is it anyway? Why did this valedictorian feel the need to remove references to the Constitution in the draft submitted to the school censors?Details