For the past 14 years, students going through Grant Middle School in Springfield, Illinois, have been taught the United States Constitution with a teacher-developed workbook.
One particular part of the lesson has largely gone unnoticed until this year after a parent raised questions about a summary of the Second Amendment, commonly known as the right to keep and bear arms.
The workbook created by two teachers from Springfield District 186 says this "amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the united states from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from colonists."
There is nothing in the Second Amendment about registration, prisons, or "certain weapons."
The workbook heard around the world
After the story broke across the country, 970 WMAY got comments from School Supt. Bob Hill who was then characterized as defiant for refusing to remove the disinformation from the classroom.
From the latest update:
Hill, who refused a request for a recorded interview, says in the email that he understands concerns that the description of the Second Amendment was inaccurate, or at least... quote... "unartful." But he also says the original author did not have a political agenda.
What's amazing is this "unartful," or rather blatantly wrong, document went unnoticed for 14 years. That's potentially thousands of students who were lied too about the Second Amendment.
Was it a mistake or was there a political bias involved?
See the other amendments in context below or at this PDF link (as provided by the Sangamon County Rifle Association). Note that the Second Amendment includes words that are nowhere near what the Secondment Amendment actually says. Other amendment "summaries" at least include key words and terms found in the corresponding amendments.
What made the Second Amendment different?
The right to bear arms is clearly a divisive issue, but it's not something that needs to be grossly manipulated and taught to 7th graders in public schools.
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