Here's my take on this.
John / Billybob
It's sad really that our education system has become so pathetic. I remember one of my favorite history teachers made us memorize parts of the constitution and explained every aspect in depth. We started our American History class with the first pilgrims and went all the way to the current events of the day. I believe that was one of the reasons I loved President Reagan so much because of so many wonderful things we delved into that was happening positively with the country. My teacher was a democrat, but I doubt she would vote that way today. Alabama at that time was primarily ran by the conservative democrats and has slowly evolved into the red state it is today.
Hi John - I don't know if their system crashed or they cut off their email as six of the people getting the petition I signed were just returned to my mail box. Clever slobs, aren't they? I guess they think that without electronics they don't have to face public opinion. Well, the post office will still deliver so we should bombard them with bags of mail. Thanks.
This is from their Aug 23,2005 Board Meeting minutes, pages 2 & 3
Discussion and action on a theme for the American Citizens Essay Contest 2005-2006 school year
Dr. Pierczynski reminded Board and audience members that it is the time of year for the fourth annual School Board essay contest. The essay contest is open to any public, private, or home-schooled student in Carson City. Participation is voluntary. The essay should be no longer than five pages and may be as short as the student desires. Essays may be handwritten or typed. The first page of the essay must identify the name of student, his/her age, school, telephone number and address.
Essays will be judged within each grade level as follows:
- Adherence to topic.
- Quality of writing.
- Originality of thought.
Three winners will be selected, elementary school, middle school, and high school. Each winner will receive a government savings bond of $250.00
Board members discussed possible topics for this years essay. Mr. John McKenna made the following motion, seconded by Mrs. Joanna Wilson and voted unanimously:
I MOVE THAT THE CARSON CITY SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVE THE FOLLOWING AS TOPIC FOR ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST:
Amendment I of the United States Constitution states, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
STUDENTS ARE TO CHOOSE PART OR ALL OF THE AMENDMENT TO WRITE THEIR ESSAY.
(Ayes: 6; Noes: 0; Motion Passed)
So here we have a teacher whom the good "Dr Mary" wants to FIRE for teaching the Constitution, yet the annual school essay is on the same Constitution that cannot be taught!
Here's the link but WARNING its in Adobe. So if your 'puter locks up don't blame me.
Carson City School District
1402 West King Street, Carson City NV 89703
(775) 283-2000 - Fax: (775) 283-2090
U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided. 2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus. 3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War. 4. Show the territorial growth of the United States. 5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas. 6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion. 7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe? 8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607 1620 1800 1849 1865
Somewhere around 1925, Social Engineering under the guise of various names like Progressive Education began by Philosopher John Dewey. It is alive and well today with many colleges and universities teaching future teachers the cult Modus Operandi from the man who emphasized the development of individuality and initiative in children, in opposition to the conservative traditions of education which emphasized the inculcation of learning. Thereby the eventual dumbing down we see today, of American students in public schools - once an educational system admired by the educated world, it is no longer anything more than a hodge-podge of social engineering.