Worksheet Calls Bill Of Rights ‘Outdated,’ Asks Students To ‘Prune’ Amendments
BRYANT, Ark. (CBS Atlanta) - A recent homework assignment given to students in the Bryant School District has stirred up controversy.
The reason: sixth grade students in a history class were recently asked to pretend they were part of the “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force,” which would “prioritize, revise, prune two and add two amendments to The Bill of Rights.”
The group assignment also refers to the Bill of Rights as “outdated” in the context of the hypothetical situation offered by the teacher who assigned it.
The Digital Journal spoke with Lela Spears, the mother of one student who received the assignment.
“After she brought it home and explained her assignment to me, it made me question exactly what she was being taught,” she was quoted as saying to the website. “Where I can see a class using critical thinking skills to modernize the words, as to help them better understand the Amendments, giving an assignment to remove two then add two with little explanation as to why is upsetting.”
The worksheet states that the assignment is inspired by the “controversy … surrounding the War on Terror.”
“Many American [sic] feel as though The Patriot Act is infringing upon our privacy and other individual liberties, while others feel protected by it,” the assignment additionally states in its introduction.
It was due this past Monday, according to the version obtained by the Digital Journal.