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Education Reporter
NUMBER 297 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS OCTOBER 2010

Reinterpretation of Second Amendment Shocks Parent
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Alert parent Tamala Hillhouse of Birmingham, AL was going over American government class homework with her 8th-grade daughter when she read something that caused her to do a double take. The McGraw Hill study guide accompanying the U.S. Government: Democracy in Action textbook tells students that "The Second Amendment ensures citizens and the nation the right to security." The guide goes on to explain that "Some people interpret the amendment to mean that they have a right to own firearms."

As Hillhouse found when she took the time to look it up, the actual text of the Second Amendment reads: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Presumably, textbook and study guide authors are aware that both the historical context of the amendment and later Supreme Court rulings attest to the expressed constitutional right of American citizens to own firearms.

Hillhouse said she was "shocked. that the explanation was so skewed. The future generations of our country are subtly being taught a revised history." Regular readers of the Education Reporter won't be shocked, as they are aware of the leftist bias apparent in many textbooks adopted by public schools and assigned in college classrooms.

However, there is another notable detail in this story. Hillhouse's daughter attends a private school; parents who assume private school students will be spared curriculum tinted with leftist ideology should take note. Kudos to Hillhouse for reading her daughter's textbooks and study guides and taking an appropriately active role in her child's education.


 
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