Florida Dad Furious After 4th-Grader’s Writing Assignment

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  1. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Dad Furious After Finding This Crayon-Written Paper in Florida 4th-Grader’s Backpack: ‘I Am Willing to Give Up Some of My Constitutional Rights…to Be Safer’

    By Madeleine Morgenstern | The Blaze – 14 hrs ago

    The words are written in crayon, in the haphazard bumpiness of a child's scrawl.

    "I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure."

    They're the words that Florida father Aaron Harvey was stunned to find his fourth-grade son had written, after a lesson in school about the Constitution.
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    Aaron Harvey's son wrote as part of a school lesson, "I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure." TheBlaze has redacted the child's name.

    Harvey's son attends Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Fla. Back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights. But after the attorney left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, he said.

    The paper sat unnoticed in Harvey's son's backpack for several months until last week, when his son's mother almost threw it away. The words caught her eye in the trash, and she showed it to Harvey, who said he was at a loss for words. He asked his son, who said Sabb had spoken the sentence out loud and told them to write it down. Harvey said he asked some of his son's classmates and got a similar answer.

    "Everybody has their opinions," Harvey told TheBlaze. "I am strongly for proper education, for the freedom of thought so you can form your own opinion and have your own free speech in the future... [but] the education is, 'when was the Constitution drafted, when was it ratified, why did this happen, why did we choose to do this...all these things, why did they particular choose those specific rights to be in our Bill of Rights.'"

    Kandra Albury, a spokeswoman for Duvall County Public Schools, which includes Cedar Hills, told TheBlaze she didn't know what prompted Sabb to have students write the sentence.

    She said the principal had fielded one parent's concern about the lesson in January, but it wasn't Harvey. She said Thursday the district and principal were "checking into" what had happened.

    Harvey, rather than asking the school for answers when he found the paper, wrote his concerns in an email, which was then forwarded to TheBlaze. He said he did it that way because he wasn't sure he would have gotten a straightforward answer if he asked the school directly.

    He said he just wants to see a "proper, unbiased education" system and doesn't want any kind of religion or politics brought into the classroom.

    "I believe in our Constitution. I am a veteran, I served for six-and-a-half years proudly and I served to protect our rights," he said. "Now whenever I have someone coming in and trying to pollute my child's mind with biased opinions...there's no education in that."

    Dad Furious After Finding This Crayon-Written Paper in Florida 4th-Grader’s Backpack: ‘I Am Willing to Give Up Some of My Constitutional Rights…to Be Safer’ - Yahoo! News
     
  2. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter

    Who is this Attorney that came in to " educate " the children ? As for the teacher - Communist reeducator of the year !
     
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    [angelsad]
     
  4. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    Wow. I would go ballistic if my kid came home with something like that.
     
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  5. Donldson

    Donldson Monkey+

    The story makes it sound like the attorney taught an actual lesson on the Bill of Rights and had left before the teacher did this. If I had to guess, he probably mentioned something about the rights being about keeping us free, not safe, and the worthless sheep of a teacher decided to add her take afterwards. She is very lucky Mr. Harvey is pretty level headed, I don't think I would have taken it so well. It is also very sad that only two people noticed and cared enough to even make a phone call...
     
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  6. enloopious

    enloopious Rocket Surgeon

    Yeah it would infuriate me that any attorney would think that they know anything about the bill of rights. Law school is specifically designed to teach attorneys how NOT to use it. Then I would probably sue the attorney, teacher, and the school for damaging my children.
     
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    You wouldn't get far with that; you would need a lawyer, and I think there just might be an old boy's network among them. However, tar and feathers are pretty inexpensive.
     
  8. enloopious

    enloopious Rocket Surgeon

    Well thats true enough but I have been in many court houses and know how to sue someone without the help of one of them. ...and yes they do have an old boys network but it is much more openly biased.

    Seriously, if you wanted to make the world a better place you could have a national or even world wide "kill a lawyer day" and peace and tranquility would spread throughout the land.
     
  9. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    My children have had assignments that deal with the constitution. They have chose to defend 2A, which makes me proud but my children have learned that they are the abnorm for school thinking. They have learned the hard way that if they decide to spout the crap that the local school is teaching that Mom will (again) read the constitution at the dinner table. T he school knows I have drawn a line in the sand and if they cross it I will be there within 24 hours to kick their asses. I am proud to say my child wore a shirt that said, "You'll shoot your eye out" with a picture of the red rider BB gun. Instead of the school getting up in arms and the kids being traumatized, all the kids that saw my sons shirt remarked how they loved that movie. It shows that the school is making the big deal out of all the BS we read about, the kids are kids and they have a more relaxed attitude. So the fear of poptarts, imaginary bombs and little kitty bubble guns are all hysteria created by the school.

    The father needs to get his day. Since the schools promote fairness, the father should be allowed to speak to the class and explain the beauty of our constitution. I would demand a rebuttal to this lawyer.
     
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