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Update: High School AP History Book Rewrites 2nd Amendment

Photo by Sean Getts

It is our duty to stop stuff like this.

Guyer High School (and obviously several others) are complicit in attempting to condition students to interpret the 2nd Amendment in a clearly opposite manner in which it was intended. The 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th are also misinterpreted as several commenters below pointed out.

This textbook, currently being used by Guyer High School, is attempting to redefine the Second Amendment to impressionable young minds. Parents, you must speak up and demand action. Investigate your child's history book ASAP, and post more pictures in the comments below. Call your school and demand that revisionist history books like this are removed from the school district.

Textbook version: "The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia."

Actual 2nd Amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Did you catch the sleight of hand?

A militia is a body of citizens enrolled for military service, and called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies. It's a common man army of citizens, NOT soldiers. The citizens are called up in emergencies to protect the free State.

The 2nd Amendment says that a militia is necessary to protect a free State, so in order to be able to have a militia, the citizens have a natural right to keep and bear arms and the government cannot infringe on that right.

The textbook version implies that we're only allowed to keep and bear arms if we're in a State militia, a clear misrepresentation of the 2nd Amendment.

Your Call to Action:

1. Call Guyer High School and tell the appropriate person something like the following:

"Hello, my name is _______________. I saw that your AP History course has issued a book titled, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. In this book, on page 102, the definition provided for the Second Amendment is incorrect and seems to be suggesting that only members of a State Militia are allowed to keep and bear arms. Who made the decision to use this text book? I'd like them to issue a public statement on this book's attempt to redefine the 2nd Amendment and why they chose to use it. We would also like this issue to be discussed at the next school board meeting. Please include it on the official agenda."

John H. Guyer High School
7501 Teasley Lane
Denton, TX 76210
P: 940-369-1000

2. If you live in the area or if you child attends this school, organize with your neighbors and storm the next school board meeting to demand answers.

School Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 6:00 PM

The Denton ISD Board of Trustees will be meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Board Room at the Dennis Stephens Central Services Building. For more information please contact Kim Stevenson, administrative assistant to the superintedent, at (940) 369-0002.

3. Inspect your child's history book and photograph other instances of intentional misrepresentations. Post pictures and blog about these occurrences. Demand your school districts regain control of their curriculum.

4. Share this story with your friends, family, and media connections to raise awareness.

UPDATE:

Just got off the phone with Kim Stevenson, Admin to the Superintendent.

1. Board members will not address any speaking on an item that is not part of the official agenda.

2. A community member could not add an item to the agenda.

3. You must sign in at Kim's desk in order to speak. You can speak up to 2 times and for 3 minutes. If a large number of us are attending we can assign a person to be our spokesperson and they may possibly give that person extra time.

The state adopts the textbooks every couple of years. She advised that besides attending next week's board meeting that we also speak with Darrell Muncy, Director of Student Services or speak with someone in the curriculum department.

UPDATE from Sean Getts, the father who took the picture:

"I had no idea that a pic I posted on FB would spread like wildfire. 99.99999999% of the people probably don't even know that it was my 16 year old daughter that actually brought it to my attention. I certainly planned on taking action, but the attention its received nationally has been incredible."

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Well it does say it is a summary of the amendments

but that is no excuse for obliterating the true meaning.

Denise B's picture

A far more

accurate summary would be "people's right to keep and bear arms shall not be interfered with"...that would be a correct summarization. What was written was an intentionally misleading and innacurate summarization. If they want to summarize fine, but changing the meaning all together is not ok, nor should it be tolerated.

I would only add to make it more accurate:

"because the only way for them to remain free from tyranny is to remain armed."

After all, that IS the meaning of the amendment and the reason the opening clause was put in there.

The first Congress didn't just protect the right, they told us WHY it was so important to do so.

Denise B's picture

Agreed

:)

I had a experience like this

With my high school senior last year. I wanted to look at his 12th grade economics book to see if I could learn something. I wanted to see what they said about Keynesian econ vs Austrian econ. also about inflation. I really thought I'd learn something. Nope, No mention of Austrian econ 5 pages devoted to Keynes and the definition of inflation: "When prices go up" that was it. 12th Grade!! I felt so sad for my sons lack of education. I gave him a required reading list and a list of you tube to watch to hopefully help him see things he was missing. I wanted to call the teacher but realized the education of my kids is my responsibility, and theirs. We as parents need to look at the text books and fill in the gaps as much as we can.

+1

"I wanted to call the teacher but realized the education of my kids is my responsibility". Only on the DP would you hear such a thing. You have a lucky child.

The publisher

The publisher is Amsco. http://www.amscopub.com/
That would be one place to apply pressure even in districts that don't use this particular book but do use other Amsco books. If even just one school board wrote a letter expressing concern, and saying that inaccuracies like this raise concerns about using Amsco books, it would definitely get the publisher's attention.

Someone asked about tests that go with this. The Amsco site links to some tests used in New York, and here is the page for American History:
http://www.nysedregents.org/USHistoryGov/home.html
I looked at half a dozen and didn't see any RKBA questions.

The Amazon rating is still 4.3 / 5 stars. That's another place to apply pressure. Correction: it's dropped from 4.3 to 4.2 in the last few minutes. :-)

The Amazon rating

Down to 3 stars now.

Anagram for AMSCO:

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Garan's picture

Yes. Why pick a leaf when the whole bush is a problem.

The book, with it's author and publisher should be held responsible for this mis-information, whether the mis-information was intended or not.

Also, those who've purchased and are about to purchase the book should be aware that reading the book may fool you into thinking you have fewer rights.

This book may dis-empower you. Reader beware.

Maybe a 3rd-party book disclaimer service could help readers steer clear of such things.

I would start with trying to contact the author to give them a chance to correct their wrong.

AMSCO Publications is who to contact

Surprise-Surprise, they are based out of New York:

AMSCOTM School Publications, Inc.

R785P United States History—Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, Second Edition, 2010 Revision

http://www.amscopub.com/products/united-states-history-prepa...

http://www.amscopub.com/static_pages/contact_us

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I Understand.

All the monkeys have to be able to read and write so's they can serve their masters on some level. Along the way they may as well be indoctrinated to their (say someone like Eric Holder)way of thinking (see youtube, Holder talk on everyday brainwashing, concerning guns).

So inconclusion, IMO parents should make them cross-out that and hand write in the correct wording on each and every issue... and no excuses.

Good luck to us all. These people NEVER give up and NEVER will... so we must not either.

Good catch. Thanks for posting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsP5N9Ya6zo

God forgives always. Man forgives sometimes. But Nature never forgives.

Some crazy anti-gun folks in Texas

If this happened in the Live Free or Die state, I'd be all over. Thankfully, I live over 1,700 miles from this nonsense so I think I'll manage ;)

Live Free or Die!
http://www.freestateproject.org

reminds me of this:

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

So for all the Anti-Conspiracy Theorists

How do you explain this?? Government Incompentance? or a sinister plot?

Neither. Check to see if the publisher is part of the

"text book mafia" which is a well known term amongst professors and many college students.

See who "owns" the publisher.

Little do most people know, but there was a concerted effort, that was successful, in securing ownership of or editorial control over every textbook company in America some many decades ago.

You'll notice after little research that the SAME NAMES pop up at the heads of multinational corporations, textbook companies, and government "regulatory" bodies. This is NOT a coincidence. Those who are engaged in this PLANNED it this way and they ANNOUNCED that they had planned it. (what differentiates a conspiracy theory from an actual conspiracy)

Extraterrestrials

Lizard people form Nibiru enslaving humanity to mine Gold to save their home planet.

Or old, corporate psychopaths that are products of the Industrial age resulting in greedy manipulation of the world's peoples through countless schemes and frauds that the people are finally waking up to en mass.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Here is my letter to all of them:

Hello,

I saw that your AP History course has issued a book titled, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination. In this book, on page 102, the definition provided for the Second Amendment is incorrect and seems to be suggesting that only members of a State Militia are allowed to keep and bear arms. Who made the decision to use this text book?

Here is the actual 2nd Amendment as written in the Constitution: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

"The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia." This is an UNbelievable statement! And yet this is what the students are learning in your school?

The Second Amendment applies to ALL people who reside in this country.

I do not live in Denton nor do I live in Texas. I am in Maine. And I am glad that this issue is making the rounds on the internet.

Honestly, I am appalled and disgusted that such a book would be allowed in your school or any school.

This is called "the dumbing down of america" and yet you allow it. Who suffers because of this? - each student who does not know the Bill of Rights and is taught this rubbish.

Ron Paul is My President

what lazy fucks!! I wish

what lazy fucks!! I wish they were just a little bit more lazy.... so lazy as to just CUT AND PASTE what it says word for word!

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"Revised"

No Sh*t.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Unreal!

Fahrenheit 451 these MFs!

What would the Founders do?

E-Mail to Gun Owners of America sent

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It's not just the 2nd amendment

By the looks of it they all have been reworded.
Granted the second one is a huge issue, but all of the ones I can make out have been slightly modified to have a different meaning.

I am curious though, does this book have the actual amendments listed and is this just their interpretation of it? (of course its wrong) But do the kids actually get to see the real text and make their own interpretation, and possibly correct them.

I would like to see the whole text of all of them to see what else they changed.

Yep, I meant to post this last night.

The first amendment introduces the idea of "the separation of church and state" which is no where in the Constitution.

Some of the others are missing key parts too.

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I'd like to see the TEST that accompanies this text.

My guess is that the student's multiple guess answer sheet will require her to select the twisted text in the summary so she had better commit it to memory. Then 5 or 10 years later when the latest iteration of "Mrs. Powell" has kids of her own, she'll reinforce this twist when talking with her own kids... Mr. Franklin would hang his head in disgust. "a republic, if you can keep it" he said to her. From "Outcome Based Education" to "Common Core" it's a slow steady march toward Hitler youth. Home school is the solution. I hear our good doctor Paul Sr. has some curriculum that's worth checking into...

No law can give power to private persons; every law transfers power from private persons to government.
-Isabel Paterson

They're summarized

to explain the meaning. Even worse.

The only good thing about

The only good thing about this is that eventually the public educational system will collapse. Because we do have the ability to start private schools, there will always be a comparison between the free market and the public sector. Most people will see that the public system is flawed and thus when able to, put their children into private school.

Indoctrination has always been used in the public school system and will always be used. In my school I try and not "teach" that liberty is good, but instead for the kids to question as to why the lack of freedom is bad. I am teaching the children at my school to be critical, of everything, even liberty. This way when the kids go to college, they will be able to critically think for themselves and to question what the teacher is saying instead of just accepting it.

This isn't in the History Text books used in Texas

Remember,

This is for advanced placement to College. If your child is taking dual credit in High School this book isn't needed at all. If you pass the AP class then the Advanced placement test isn't needed.

And if you Fail the AP Test you have to take the class in College which will not have this level of stupidity in it.

I looked up this information in my daughters History book(Pearson) here in Texas and the correct information is there. This is not the History book for Guyer High School.

This is someones lazy attempt at condensing history into bite sized chucks, and failed.

Take a deep breath, y'all. We aren't totally clueless here in Texas

According to the people who took this picture...

According to the people who took this picture, this book was "issued" as the book for the AP course.

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The Book

This book is not the standard text book for Texas
Pearson (Prentice Hill) publishing is the publisher for Text books in Texas, even for the AP courses.

That is a review book that someone at Guyer decided was a good review book for the AP Test.