My friend, the inimitable Amy Ridenour, shared this on her Facebook page tonight. Apparently, Fairfax, VA publik skoolz are teaching 2nd graders that government GIVES them rights.
Let’s get something straight. The Bill of Rights PROTECTS existing rights from government infringement. It grants nothing. And the government certainly does not “give” citizens said freedoms. These rights exist. Every human being possesses them. The difference between our nation and many others is that the law of our land explicitly prohibits the government from violating said rights. Many other nations do not have those protections.
While I’m not surprised at this sorry state of public education, I’m angry that taxpayer dollars are paying for this misinformation.
I also wouldn’t be surprised if the appalling distortions were intentionally taught to the children. After all, if you indoctrinate youngsters from an early age into the mentality that the nanny state “gives” them their rights, they will have no problem asking for permission to exercise them. Nor will they be appalled or angered when the nanny state doesn’t grant said permission.
Just par for the course.
An interesting note. During a search on the author, I came across this discussion. Apparently, the author of the article, Phyllis Naegeli, admitted she incorrectly wrote the piece after tracking down the online discussion two years ago.
From what I have discovered an article I wrote for edhelper.com because quite a point of controversy on your forum the other day. I am being accused of spreading left-wing propaganda, being a Pelosi relative, and other such incorrect titles. I am a Christian and I own up to mistakes that I make. I made a mistake in these articles by saying the government gives us rights. The government is to protect the rights we are given by God. For that I apologize and ask for forgiveness. I am far from being left wing. I chose the incorrect words to try to simply describe what being a citizen is. I never intended for anyone to be offended by this or to spread some incorrect information to children. I home educated all of my children and have been very careful about what they were taught. I have taught them to be loyal citizens of our wonderful country. I have asked edhelper to change the wording as follows:
Rights are special privileges the government gives you.
As a citizen you have special privileges called rights. The government protects those rights.
Because the government gives us rights, we have the duty to be good citizens.
Because the government protects our rights, we have the duty to be good citizens.
Hopefully, this will clear up any controversy.
So if the author of the piece admitted her error and sought to correct and change the text, my question is: WHY ARE FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOLS STILL USING THE ORIGINAL, APPALLINGLY INCORRECT VERSION?