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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Constitution Day at Your Local Public School

A Bidwell Junior High history teacher has an interesting way of teaching history to his young charges. As part of his Constitution Day lesson, he sent a letter home with his students asking them to bring it back to class with their parent's signature. The letter denounces US Citizenship in favor of being a member of the 'global community'.

According to one young lady in his class:

"The lesson being taught in class was that the U.S. kidnaps innocent people and takes them to Cuba, where they are kept indefinitely and tortured."

The young lady's father also shares this with us:

He said his daughter broke into tears when she talked about Brooks mentioning illegal wiretaps and other surveillance directed against innocent people.

The teacher, Mike Brooks, says, "I just wanted to start a discussion."

Just wanted to start a discussion, eh? Not very scrupulous of him to lie to little children just so he can bash his country, is it? All under the guise of 'history' education.

May I share with you what my daughters and I discussed on this Constitution day? We discussed James Madison - the Father of the Constitution - and his big ideas gained from studying history himself. Big ideas of starting a whole new kind of government, a government of the people. Many thousands of people died to secure American victory in the Revolutionary War, they gave their lives so that the Framers could fashion something that was considered radical in its day. The arguments in the heat of a summer in Philadelphia, the debates, the passionate views on how much power the federal government should be allowed. They knew. They knew that the government had to have controls on it so that it would be difficult for it to wield too much power. We talked about how the responsibility for our country rests now on our shoulders - as it does every new generation. We talked about how our federal government is doing things - and continuing to attempt to do things - that are not mandated in the Constitution of the United States of America. Running education was one example that was brought up. Running a massive welfare system was another. We talked about the 3 branches of government: The Legislative, The Executive and the Judicial. The powers divided between those 3 branches were wrought in such a way as to prevent one branch from exercising too much power. Does it work perfectly in practice? Obviously not perfectly, however I have high hopes for the continuation of America and our Constitution. In fact, I will lay my life down for it if necessary. If that is necessary to ensure that my children continue with the freedoms that we enjoy here in America, then that is what will be done. My ancestors did the same for me and it is not something that I take lightly and neither will I ever forget it.

The only thing that worries me is the education of our youth. They're being lied to. They are woefully ignorant of history. Mike Brooks is just one example of what is happening in public education.

We have to get a handle on this. We have to take control of what our children are being taught. It is very worrying to me that several children in Mike Brooks' class brought the letter back signed by their parents.

Source: Chico Enterprise Record, and WND.


Blogger Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Our Constitution is definitely one of the greatest documents ever written, more people, including myself, should read up about it more.

18 September, 2007 01:38  
Blogger Laura said...

The children on this side of the pond are being lied to also.

sigh It's getting pretty tiresome.

18 September, 2007 03:23  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

You know what would scare me even more is some one making copies of that signed signature and using it. Lets say I signed it and sent it back with Kora and they tore off the signature part and made copies of that for using it on other things for the child I had not given permission for her to do in school. Its scary really what people will do now esp if they are lying to children in the public school systems. I am so glad we decided to home school this year. I have to admit I had no idea when this Constitution Day was but next year I will have to keep it in mind. Its mind boggling really to know that teachers are lying to children and parents alike. Yikes. Whats next? You just never know. I have to say one thing. Jeff thinks that in ten to twenty years there will be no more public schools. Either home schooled kids or Private schools that will charge way to much so people will be forced to home school there children or there children wont get and education.

18 September, 2007 11:47  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I can't believe there were parents that actually signed that!!
A teacher should NEVER bring his personal politics into the classroom!

18 September, 2007 15:02  
Blogger J_G said...

They are purposely not teaching the children about civics and all the other things that make good citizens. The Constitution, pffff that's the last thing they want the kids to know anything about. I'm paying though the nose for this travesty they call public education.

18 September, 2007 19:39  
Blogger Educator-To-Be said...

That teacher should have been fired. I am appalled. Amy

18 September, 2007 20:30  
Blogger Abouna said...

Grizzly Mama: If enough parents felt the way you and I do, they would rise up en mass and shut down the public schools once and for all.

There are so many today in America who will complain loudly about how the Islamists are brainwashing the their children,but they remain disturbingly mum about our own schools brainwashing our children with their One World Socialist/Communist, homo acceptance crap. I wonder why?

18 September, 2007 20:36  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Mr GG - I just saw an advertisement for the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution. I have read a couple of the P.I.G. books and I liked them alot. I think this book could be a very interesting way to read up on it.

Laura - I know. It's a sin. There is no excuse for it.

Tweetey - I'm not sure what will happen to the public school system. One thing for sure - it's a failure. I think Carter formed the Department of Education and we all know what happens when a gigantic federal government tries to run anything. The schools could certainly be given back to local control - which is how it worked for a long time. It is in our interest that American children are well educated - all of them. I don't mind splitting the bill for that, however I DO mind when I see my tax money misused. I believe that the key to change is parental choice and getting federal government out of it. Homeschooling is a viable option, as is private schooling. We can have a quality public school system, we had one before and we can do it again.

I know, Tshsmom! THAT blew my mind.

I know JG. It's a disgrace.

Amy, I am appalled too. Good luck in your studies and your future career. Godspeed sweety.

Abouna - I think more parents are becoming wise to it. There are now an estimated 2 million homeschooled children in the US. It's unfortunate, but true, when I say that most parents never even question their compulsion to stick their kid into a public school. I have seen a groundswell of support for alternatives such as homeschooling, charter and cyber-charters.

19 September, 2007 00:18  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

ARRR...great post, Ya horn swogglin' landlubber!

"I just wanted to start a discussion."

The problem wi' these liberal intellectual elites teachin' our children, be similar t' liberal journalists who dasn't acknowledge the'r own biases. They think they be non-partisan an' detached, statin' "facts" rather than opinions.

't baffles them when ye dasn't accept the'r set o' "facts".

19 September, 2007 16:40  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Off topic....

Cubed is posting again! HERE is her latest.

19 September, 2007 19:03  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Wordsmith - is today 'talk like a pirate day'?! LOL. You're right though. I'm sure that lefty twit believes that he is 'just left of center' and believes he speaks the truth.

AOW - I saw that! Thanks! She's awesome. I can hardly wait to sit down with a cup of chamomile tea and take my time reading through it. Did I already say she's awesome??!!

19 September, 2007 23:29  

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