No Child Left Behind okay with No Child Tested on the ConstitutionSubmitted by PA Paul Pal on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:09
Though I take pride in educating my students about their individual rights as established in the Bill of Rights and the original intent of our founding fathers in creating a National Government with limited power compared to the States and the People, I have become increasingly alarmed over the lack of focus the National Government places on Social Studies instruction as a whole.
It is more and more clear that the Department of Education, which should not even exist Constitutionally, is encouraging public schools to avoid teaching Social Studies by not establishing a test that measures S.S. standards. Many schools have even started cutting into S.S. time to use that time for extra practice in Math. Reading, and Writing. Though I believe that NO National testing standards should be in place, I find it rather interesting that the National Government is in no hurry to require students to learn about how the U.S. government should actually work when they have been so quick to get other subject area tests ready to go.
The fact that so few Americans are aware of the dangers of tyrannical governments is, in my humble opinion, directly connected to the failures of public schools in teaching the importance of the Bill of Rights, the value in having a Republic over a Democracy, and the importance of being able to analyze the objectivity of News Reports and recognize bias/propaganda. The No Child Left Behind initiative has contributed to the increase in the level of Constitutional ignorance of the American public as a whole.
The link below, from the National Council for the Social Studies, shows that the aforementioned views are not unique to me:
Quote from the link: "A primary object...should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing...than...communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country."