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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.


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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My kids took AP classes

and they still do have to take the test at the end. My daughter did not take the test, but my son did. They graduated in '09, if that makes a difference. It's true that the texts are not the same as for regular history classes but I don't think that makes this any better. I will ask my friend on one of the local school boards whether this book is being used in her district.

AP Test

Here in Texas??

Only if you take the standard AP course.
Some campuses are offering the dual credit classes which don't require you to take the AP Test.

They work with a local college who accepts the course as if it was taken on their campus

If you want to email the principal

the associate principal and assistant principals here is the link for contacts:


Ron Paul is My President

Don't you think that it would

Don't you think that it would also be wise to contact the author(s), and publishing company?

It's amazing how these books keep popping up, rewriting history or erasing it altogether. It makes you wonder their reasoning behind it. Sure in some cases it may be a size constraint and they need to cut back on content but there are just way too many cases of these books that end up in schools. What possible motives could be driving the people involved in doing these things?

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

Don't mess with Texas!

Bump for the Texans out there.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Apparently the Denton

Apparently the Denton Independent School District just gave a big FU to the people of Texas. This reminds me of what the head of the Texas House did (a Republican) this Spring. He killed the Open Carry bill in Texas.

Live Free or Die!

#1 is just as bad

Prohibiting interference with religion isn't separation of church and state. The founders all favored a religion. What does favoring a religion have to do with not setting up a church or interfering?

Both authors are jewish. By

Both authors are jewish.
By the way whats up with the "help israel" ads on the site?

FAIL. Sweeping generalization.

Look up JPFO.

If the authors were both Christian?

If the authors were Christian would you approve of the textbook content?

I don't see the last names of the authors being relevant.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

"if the authors were both

"if the authors were both christian"

don't hold your breath.

Agreed. What if they were atheist ?

I wonder if that would justify it?

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15


I think you're seeing sites related to sites you go to; even if it's only similar words, the opposite of your opinion on a topic.

I see ads for my domain service, and or for other competitors in my business all of the time. One thing these google ads dont seem to get is when someone's already a customer, or works in an industry... not really the target market for my competitors or vendors.

Likely correct. Try deleting

Likely correct. Try deleting your browser's temporary online files, cookies, and history. Or try using (most browsers have this now) a private browsing window and checking the site again.

Just fyi if you delete those things any sites your password is saved in you will have to input it again.

Homeland security statement: patriotism is now considered terrorism.
I love www.isidewith.com shared it with everyone I know. If anything they realize its not just a red and blue idiot running for reelection.

It's a summary

That's the danger of paraphrasing any legal language. The original words were carefully chosen to be succinct so as to limit interpretations. Attempting to summarize legal language carries this danger of the author's bias getting injected into it.

Defend Liberty!

If you look, the 1st and 5th

If you look, the 1st and 5th are not summarized. This is truly an attempt to teach an incorrect version.

They are all summarized.

Do you not know your amendments? Pull up the official text and look at it side by side with this picture.

Not only did they reword #1 and #5, but certainly in #1, they added text and a concept that is NOT there.

I can't see enough of #5 in the image to see how badly they borked that one.

For sure, #3 and #4 have been adulterated as I commented above.

I disagree.

I disagree.

With what specifically? The language used in #1 and #5 up there

is NOT the language in the actual amendments.

And there is ZERO mention of "separation of church and state" in the Constitution.

Go ahead - look for it and then cite the location...


the sad thing is that is the same book i used in college to prep for my US history exams. Horrible.


Someone best be gettin impeached over this crap.

The governor of Texas? The

The governor of Texas? The Texas House leader? The Texas Senate leader?

Live Free or Die!