Restoring Proper Civics Education in New York State

Read and sign the petition here. It will take you less than thirty seconds to help put New York ‘s children back on the legally required path to proper civics education.

Today we face a multitude of crises that threaten our future as a Free People. Millions of enlightened Americans are working every day to hold accountable those responsible for trillion-dollar spending deficits, a near catastrophic national debt, border invasions, civil rights violations of religious and grassroots political groups, plus a long train of unconstitutional laws, corrupt federal mandates, and executive orders that that favor a corporate oligarchy, while undermining our Bill of Rights.

Though we may yet turn the tide, this unprecedented onslaught of tyranny is only symptomatic of a much deeper core problem: The systemic destruction of civics education in our schools.

Intentional or not, the generational erosion of American civic studies— and by extension, civic responsibility — has given rise to public acceptance of government corruption. Today, government by the People has given way to governance by fiat. The rule of men trumps Rule of Law. Phone-and-pen politics is business as usual.

Current social studies curriculums in both public and private schools spend more time teaching children about other cultures than our own Constitutional laws. There is no mention of Madison, Franklin, or Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence and the causes that compelled it are an afterthought.

How will our children learn the principles of government when our schools don’t teach the lessons of Liberty?

How can we expect freedom for our children when they are not instructed in its preservation?

How will they ever recognize unconstitutional behavior if they don’t know the Constitution’s intent?

Here’s what we can do:

New York State Education Law Sections 801 and 802 require specific instruction in civics, citizenship and patriotism be given to every young person in every public and private school K-12.  The Social Studies Learning Standard #5 being used today does not comply with the Law. The instruction is not happening. The Petition you are invited to sign is designed to add language to the current learning standard so that it does comply with the Law.

For instance, our proposed amendment to the Learning Standard will ensure our children are taught what is actually in our state and federal Constitutions and why.  This will properly prepare our youth for their civic lives.  In this way, the Torch of Liberty will be passed forward for generations to come.

PETITION SUMMARY:

The Petition is a First Amendment formal, legal, professional document that is different from most other Petitions you have seen.  It expresses the Right of WE THE PEOPLE to Petition government for Redress of this grievance. It cites the violation which has created the grievance, and most importantly, provides the Remedy which would result in compliance with the Law.  Please take the time to read the full petition and learn about this Campaign so you can appreciate its importance and share your knowledge with others.

Read the FULL PETITION here

Bottom Line: What we are petitioning the state government to do is to ADD language to Learning Standard 5 for Civics, Citizenship, and Government to bring it into compliance with the Law, to read as follows (our additions are bolded):

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments, with particular attention to the need to secure the individual’s Creator-endowed, unalienable Rights; the history, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of the United States Declaration of Independence, the Constitution for the State of New York, as amended, and the Constitution for the United States of America, as amended; the basic civic values of the American democratic Republic; the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation and respect for the flag of the United States of America, its  display and use as provided by sections one hundred seventy through one hundred seventy-seven of title thirty-six of the United States Code; and the governmental systems of the United States and other nations.

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James Madison: “A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”

Benjamin Franklin:  “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

Thomas Jefferson: “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.”

George Washington: “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”

Ronald Reagan: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Charles Schumer: “And let me say this to all of the chattering class that so much focuses on those little, tiny, yes, porky amendments, the American people really don’t care.”

Barack Obama:

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