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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 05:37 AM
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Tea party targets schools for 'Constitution Week'
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONSTITUTIONA...

MALTA, Idaho (AP) -- America's kids will be learning about the U.S. Constitution this coming school year with help from a decidedly conservative Idaho publishing house, if a tea party group gets its way.

The Tea Party Patriots, Georgia-based but claiming 1,000 chapters nationally, are instructing members to remind teachers that a 2004 federal law requires public schools to teach Constitution lessons every Sept. 17, commemorating the day the document was signed. And they'd like the teachers to use material from the Malta, Idaho-based National Center for Constitutional Studies, which promotes the Constitution as a divinely-inspired document.

The center's founder, W. Cleon Skousen, once called Jamestown's original settlers communists, wrote end-of-days prophecy and suggested Russians stole Sputnik from the United States. In 1987, one of his books was criticized for suggesting American slave children were freer than white non-slaves.

Interest in Skousen, a former FBI employee and Salt Lake City police chief who died in 2006 in Utah, soared in tea party circles after praise from talk show host Glenn Beck. Not surprisingly, groups battling the tea party - and Beck - warn that Skousen's center shouldn't be teaching kids about American history.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 06:26 AM
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1. Why does it bother me when conservatives try to teach kids anything?
This should be a story where we all feel good about kids learning about the Constitution. BUT, I get a sneaky feeling these groups are up to something.

Just my suspicions of conservatives, can't help it.
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obxhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 07:05 AM
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2. 90% of their political beliefs are lies.
If 90% of what you believe is a lie, then 90% of what you teach would be a lie as well.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 09:18 AM
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3. I wonder which parts they will "conveniently" leave out. nt
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