Skip to comments.Founding Fathers Win In South Carolina College Battle
Posted on 06/17/2014 12:53:00 PM PDT by PoloSec
State legislature cuts funding for LGBT studies, requires constitutional studies
South Carolinas legislature has angered liberal groups by requiring that two of the states public universities use state funds to teach students about the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents.
The lawmakers had cut funding for the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina when the schools assigned students to read books with homosexual themes. The revised budget restores the funding, but demands that the funds be spent for instruction in the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers, including the study of and devotion to American institutions and ideals.
This past year, the College of Charleston chose Alison Bechdels Fun Home, a graphic novel that tells of the authors childhood as a lesbian, as the campuss all-read. At USC-Upstate, first-year writing students were required to read Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, a collection of stories from a Columbia gay and lesbian radio show.
In response to these requirements, $52,000 was cut from the College of Charlestons budget, and $17,142 from USC. Garry Smith (R., SC.) told FoxNews.com when he introduced the cuts in March that he received complaints from parents of children at the two schools, who said that their children were not allowed to opt for alternative books when they objected to the books content. Smith said the reading requirements of the two schools were very irresponsibly executed. The president of the College of Charleston said the the school has the right to introduce controversial ideas to students.
The revised budget restored the total amounts that had been cut, but with a focus on good-government literature, according to Campus Reform. This puts the colleges back in compliance with a 90-year-old state law requiring colleges to teach students a years worth of courses on the nations founding documents. The new bill also requires that any mandatory reading must offer an alternative in case the requirements conflict with the religious beliefs of any students.
The American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and other groups expressed their discontent with the new legislation in a statement Friday, stating that it is a destructive assault on academic freedom.
James Smith (D., SC.) told FoxNews.com that he still considers the amended budget a victory for academic freedom, and thinks that the added requirement of using the funds for classes on the Constitution was an attempt by the Republican lawmakers to claim victory in the budget battle.
The reality is some of my colleagues need a lesson on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, he said.
It seems but a matter of time before some federal judge sticks his or her nose into this declaring it unconstitutional.
At one time public schools were required to teach civics. It should be required again. All immigrants should learn civics before gaining citizenship. Certainly colleges should be giving courses on the constitution before students can graduate. Now it’s more important to teach homosexual sex and how to be transgender and have abortions.
What a bunch of homophobic racists...
I think that in future, schools should go beyond teaching just the constitution and other founding documents, though that is a very good start. There are many other eye opening “stem winders” that should be taught, such as:
The Magna Carta, 1215
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith, 1776
The Articles of Confederation, 1777
An Ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the United States North-West of the River Ohio, the Northwest Ordinance, 1787
President George Washington’s First Inaugural Speech, 1789
The Alien and Sedition Acts, 1798
President Andrew Jackson’s Message to Congress ‘On Indian Removal’, 1830
The LincolnDouglas Debates, 1858
Homestead Act, 1862
Pacific Railway Act, 1862
and many, many others. Importantly, this is comprehensive enough to incorporate not just history, but American law, the philosophy of republican-democracy, and several other subjects.