It sounds like a confusing question. The rights enumerated in the Constitution are not debatable. They are our rights. But in one elementary school, a teacher asked students to take a piece of paper and write their willingness to give up some of their constitutional rights in order to be more “safe and secure.” What is going on in our schools?
As reported by WOKV in Jacksonville, Florida, a father discovered the assignment and immediately became concerned and contacted the school.
“That sentence talking about giving away freedoms for safety and security- that bothers me,” says Aaron Harvey, the father of the student.
He tells me his 4th grade son was told to write a note reading “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure” following a lesson led by a guest speaker at Cedar Hills Elementary School. The lesson itself was taught at the end of last year, but Harvey didn’t find the note until about 1 1/2 weeks ago.
When asked to comment, the Duval County School District said it is “investigating the facts of the assignment.” However, Aaron Harvey told WOKV that “the District claims his son did the activity on his own free will, without any prompting from the teacher.”
What’s going on here? Why are we hearing more and more of these kinds of stories?
The whole idea of this assignment screams of a big-government “father” who is supposed to take care of all of us. If we give up our individual rights, then all we are left with are collective “rights” that the government may are may not bestow. That is NOT the American way!
As one comment reads from the WOKV.com web site, “This is all our schools have become, communist brainwashing centers.” That pretty much sums it up. Just like the media, schools seem more focused on promoting an agenda than actually informing and educating. We can’t let this continue!