|The House of Representatives passed the American History and Civics Education Act of 2004, H.R. 5360, by voice vote on November 17. The Senate already passed a similar bill last year.|
|Nov. 17, 2004|
Stop Federal Civics Academies
The bill would establish Presidential Academies to offer workshops for teachers of American history and civics. These Academies would be designed to push the "new civics" advocated by the Center for Civic Education (CCE), which was specifically authorized by federal law (20 U.S.C. 6714 ) to develop a federally funded civics curriculum called "We, the People: The Citizen and the Constitution."
CCE's own documents describe "New Civics" as follows: "In this century, by contrast with the past, we may reasonably speculate that education for citizenship in a democracy will, with each decade, become everywhere more global, international and comparative in curricular content and processes of teaching and learning. And we ought to think now about how to improve our current curricular frameworks and standards for a world transformed by globally accepted and internationally transcendent principles and process of democracy."
The new civics does not teach American sovereignty, the inalienable rights of American citizens, or the principles of our Founding Fathers. Rather, CCE compares the "negative" rights in our Bill of Rights with the "positive constitutionalism in regard to human rights" in the United Nations.
Some very deceptive agenda is driving this devious and dangerous ploy. Why do you suppose it's so important to slip this bill through a confusing, crowded lame duck session? The Center for Civics Education is a powerful lobby in Washington. It is an unelected non-governmental organization (NGO) that has the sole contract for the radical curriculum in Civics and Government for this entire nation.
H.R. 5360 removed all of the specific language that was in H.R. 1078.
Members are using the excuse that everything controversial has been removed, so
they will support it. What has been removed is language that described the
radical Federal Curriculum. Nothing in H.R. 5360 prohibits that curriculum.
It is impossible and dangerous to imagine that the Federal Academies
in "The American History and Civics Education Act of 2004" will not teach
the Federal Curriculum that is sanctioned and funded by federal law.
Removing specifics does nothing to make this bill acceptable.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: 202-225-5951 FAX: 202-226-5241
Majority Whip Roy Blunt: 202-225-0197 FAX: 202-226-1115
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From yesterday's alert:
Did you know that the anti-American National History standards may be taught to our students in Federal Academies? These standards were opposed by the U.S. Senate in 1995 on a vote of 99 to 1. Did you know that the controversial and anti-American We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution curriculum may be taught to our students in Federal Academies?
H.R.1078, called "The American History and Civics
Education Act of 2003" would have set up 12 federal academies to
teach the "new" civics and history to top-performing students around the
country. It would have set up 12 more federal academies to teach teachers what
to teach. Then it would set up "best practices" for teaching it everywhere.
If you want to know what the passage of this legislation would mean to our country and to our heritage, look at We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution, the federally sanctioned and funded textbook on American Government -- the ONLY textbook directly sanctioned and funded by federal law.
You will notice that national sovereignty is never mentioned once in the entire textbook on American government. In the unit that describes what rights the Bill of Rights protects, the second, ninth, and tenth amendments are never mentioned. These amendments protect our right to keep and bear arms, and they reserve all powers not enumerated in the Constitution to the states and people, respectively.
Then go to Lesson 37 (high school level). You will notice that instead of national sovereignty, the textbook promotes the "global village" and promotes world citizenship.
You will see that the lesson ends with this question: "Do you think that world citizenship is possible in your lifetime?"
If you go to the last lesson in the textbook, Lesson 40, titled, "What is meant by returning to fundamental principles?" states:
Finally, you will see the section titled, "What is meant by teaching the Bill of Rights?" It states:
It is impossible and dangerous to imagine that the Federal Academies in "The American History and Civics Education Act of 2004" will not teach the Federal Curriculum that is sanctioned and funded by federal law.
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