(NationalSentinel)Â Civics: A report byÂ The Associated Press on Monday reported the trend among states to addÂ more education about the nation’s founding document – the Constitution – and require students pass exams about the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence before they can graduate.
This trend has been taking place now for a couple of years, and now has been adopted by several states. According to the AP:
In a growing number of school systems, having such a basic knowledge is now a graduation requirement. But states are taking different approaches to combating what’s seen as a widespread lack of knowledge about how government works.
Kentucky last week and Arkansas on March 16 became the latest of more than a dozen states since 2015 that have required the high school social studies curriculum to include material covered by the 100 questions asked on the naturalization exam. Lawmakers in other states, including Minnesota, are hoping to foster even deeper understanding of the fundamentals of American democracy by adding a full course to study its most important documents.
“Rights might be inherent, but ideas need to be taught,” said Maida Buckley, a retired classroom teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, who testified last year to an Alaskan legislative task force on civics education. “When you have a system of government that’s based on ideas, espoused in the Declaration of Independence and carried out with a working document in the Constitution, those ideas need to be taught.”
Then the AP reportedÂ this:
It’s a bipartisan cause, and in many states such bills are jointly introduced by Republicans and Democrats. But proponents’ motivations vary from dismay about the lack of participation in local school boards and town halls to concerns about how Republican President Donald Trump and his supporters view the power of the executive branch.
Is that so? That’s an amazing claim, given that the trend to once again begin teaching the Constitution to high school studentsÂ began during Barack Obama’s administration.
And why wouldn’t it have? Obama – Mr. ‘Constitutional Scholar’ – lost the most cases beforeÂ the U.S. Supreme Court than any modern-era president. His abuse of the Constitution was so blatant and so bad even liberal law school professor andÂ actual constitutional expert Jonathan Turley worried that Obama was creating an “uber-presidency.”
“You have the rise of an uber presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty. And I really think that the framers would be horrified,” he testified before a congressional committee in December 2013.
“I believe we are now in a constitutional tipping point in our system. It’s a dangerous point for our system to be in,” he said before Congress in February 2014.
“He has said that he’s going to resolve the deadlock in Congress, the division with Congress, by ordering changes on his own terms as a majority of one. That’s what makes it dangerous,” he said in July 2014.
In other words Obama and his Democratic Party were, and remain, the biggest threats to constitutional republicanism in recent memory.Â That the Democratic propaganda wing known as the establishment media would even feign to suggest that Trump is the bigger threat to the Constitution – and hence, that’s why Democrats are now more interested in teaching the document and its meaning to high schoolers – is laughable.
Still, the reintroduction of civics – the teaching of the Constitution, what our founders designed it to do and what they believed each provision meant – is vitally necessary for the survival of the republic. So this is a good thing, even if Democrats don’t have much use for it.