The AJC (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) published an article, Second amendment and state school chief race. Grin and bear it? Or bearly acceptable?, online yesterday questioning the appropriateness of Nancy Jester’s advocacy for the 2nd Amendment and the Bill of Rights.
On Shop.NancyJester.com, Nancy Jester says,
“In the early 2000s, the Georgia Department of Education adopted a social studies curriculum that is almost completely devoid of education on The Bill of Rights in elementary school. Yet, in third grade, we teach our children about the nine important people who “expanded rights.” Those nine people are: Paul Revere, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Mary McLeod Bethune, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Lyndon B. Johnson, and César Chávez“
Maureen Downey, Get-Schooled blogger for the AJC, questions the relevancy of The Bill of Rights and state education.
We are concerned that The Bill of Rights isn’t more prominent in our K-12 education. We are also concerned that third graders are taught about rights or “expanding rights” by learning about people who were not involved in the creation of The Bill of Rights. Is this why everything is becoming a right these days? Healthcare, housing, food – where will it end? Why not just teach The Bill of Rights?