By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
The John Guyer High School in Denton, Texas is using a textbook “United States History” published by Amsco a division of Perfect Learning. The textbook contains a summary of the Bill of Rights rewritten to conform to an agenda that has nothing to do with the Constitution. The Amsco version of the First Amendment says: “Congress may make no laws that infringe upon a citizen’s right to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Congress may not favor one religion over another (separation of church and state). Of course the phrase separation of church and state does not appear in the Constitution anywhere. So why include it unless the writer has an agenda?
The Amsco version of the Second Amendment says: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.” This implies that only an organized military force may have guns. The real Second Amendment says: “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.” Legal scholars have interpreted that the Second Amendment allows private citizens to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from a power hungry government.
Wouldn’t the right educational standard include the actual words of the Bill of Rights?
The publisher says “United States History” is Common Core Standard compliant. Citizens have yet another reason to be concerned about the implementation of Common Core. Amsco says this about their textbook:
United States History—Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, Second Edition, 2010 Revision
Often this course in Advanced Placement U.S. History is presented in grade 11, but sometimes in grade 9, 10, or 12. Purpose:
This text is designed for a one-semester or one-year United States history course for students preparing to take the AP U.S. History Exam. Teachers can assign the book as the course textbook or as a supplement to a college-level textbook. U.S. History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination presents the history of the United States from pre-Columbian times to the Obama administration. It follows the curriculum put out by the College Board for this course of study.
How This Version Is Different From the Previous Revision:
•A more detailed Table of Contents to highlight the text’s many features.
•New coverage of Bush’s second term.
•Coverage of the 2008 presidential elections.
•Coverage of the first 100 days ofObama administration.
If this textbook causes you concern, contact:
John H. Guyer High School 7501 Teasley Lane Denton, TX 76210
P: 940-369-1000 -