TASA Discredits the Declaration of Independence

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Anti-American Lesson

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) is a private organization whose goal is to transform Texas Education.

An example of one of the Government lessons from TASA’s Vision Learning Curriculum has students making guesses about what the founding fathers were thinking. The lessons focuses on Thomas Jefferson’s statement in the Declaration of Independence–All men are created equal—-

Did Jefferson only mean White Men? The TASA anti-American lesson gives other guided questions that direct students to view the Declaration of Independence with disdain.

Students are asked to rewrite the Declaration of Independence (or portions of it) to fit a contemporary society.

The objective of the TASA lesson is to guide American students to question every part of American History and the Documents the United States Government is founded on. The TASA lesson guides American students to view the Declaration of Independence as something unworthy of their respect. After making sure each student is put into a position that supporting and honoring the document labels them as a racist. To seal the deal, the TASA lesson asks students to rewrite the Declaration of Independence (or portions of it) to fit a contemporary society.

TASA’s lesson borders on being considered an act of treason, which is an overt act to overthrow the government of the United States. TASA owes allegiance to the United States and via the government lesson is teaching American students to devalue one of the foundation documents of the United States Government.  

TASA’s Government Lesson Discredits the Declaration of Independence

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The following statement is from Ethics Soup Website.

“Have you ever really read the Declaration of Independence — more than a few oft-repeated phrases in the first few paragraphs? Stop and take ten minutes now and read it. After all, it is one of those things that should be on everyone’s “Things to Do Before I Die” list. America is your country! This is how it started.”

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I am asking you to Read the Declaration of Independence, then read the TASA Government Lesson that was written to discredit what Americans for centuries have considered a cherished  symbol of Liberty–The Declaration of Independence.

At the time of the writing of the Declaration of Independence:

There were slaves.
Women didn’t have the same rights as did men-white or black.

The Declaration of Independence was the document that changed these inequalities.  

Cherished Symbol of Liberty: The Declaration of Independence

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Comments

Encouraging students to think they have the abilities “to judge Thomas Jefferson” is the height of stupidity on the part of adults. What teenager has the background knowledge to set himself up as judge and jury over Thomas Jefferson, one of the greatest thinkers our country has ever known?  It is this kind of group activity that gives teens an unrealistic picture of themselves.  Studies have been done which show that our American youth have too much self-esteem!  This lesson exemplifies how students get to that point.

Instead of teens respecting teachers and wanting to learn from them as they instruct the classroom on the historical significance background behind the Declaration of Independence, this lesson makes teens think they have the right and power to set themselves up as being superior to Thomas Jefferson!  Such utter gall!  Group think and personal opinions have taken over our classrooms.  What if the group in the classroom that has the most aggressive and articulate students in it influences the rest of the class members to believe that Thomas Jefferson was a racist or an elitist (which he certainly was not)?  Instead of teaching students to respect our Founding Fathers and to appreciate the sacrifices, the wisdom, and the courage that helped America to become the most exceptional nation on the face of the earth, a lesson presented the way this TASA iTunes lesson is presented simply elevates students’ subjective opinions instead of teaching them the deep content knowledge that surrounds Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence.

 Donna Garner

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What TASA is transforming is the attitude of our children toward our country. This is an overt anti-American act as is the CSCOPE Boston Tea Party lessons.

Wake up America!

Janice VanCleave

 

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  1. Kentucky is developing new social studies standards. The standards are based on a “multi state initiative” with the drafting of a C3 Framework that was utilized to draft these standards. The C3 Framework was drafted by the same groups involved with common core. The current draft is in progress of review. There are some great concerns about these current standards. They…

    are devoid of historical content knowledge and background. We will have a new generation of adults, with these standards, that are historically illiterate.

    promote ideals of the “common good”. This isn’t entirely bad. But, while promoting the “common good” understanding of individual rights (such as rights guaranteed by the U.S. Bill of Rights), is completely absent in these standards…and, obviously without any emphasis on historical content knowledge, there is a lack of understanding of the American, or human, struggles over centuries to obtain these critical rights (that we so often take for granted). Whether this was intentionally left out to emphasize “the common good” or not, this is a serious issue within these standards.

    with the absence of historical content knowledge the standards also minimize or eliminate American identify and, instead, shift to focus on creating an identify of global citizenship. (How about creating an American identity in a global world?).

    That’s just a sampling of what is wrong with these standards. I am hoping that you will utilize your position to research and educate the public on the dangers of these standards. Kentucky, or any other state, drafting history standards in this fashion must rethink this approach.

    You can view the current draft of the standards at this weblink:

    http://www.grrecsocialstudies.com/uploads/2/3/7/9/23791026/2014_draft_standards_not_for_dissemination.pdf

    Thank you for your time.There’s even “talk” of having graduating seniors have an emblem or symbol on their graduation caps demonstrating that they have covered these standards and are ready to enter the world as “global citizens”.

    You can view these standards here:

  2. I’ll tell you what Neva, dictators cannot happen to a group that still holds the founding father’s beliefs and efforts close to their hearts. If they are not discredited in some way, there’s no way the people would ever allow any Party enough power to dictate over them.

  3. Obviously, you have never tried to stand up for the right wing point of view in elementary through middle school.

    Well, being brought up in the Christian right, I frequently supported the right side of such supposedly critical thinking assignments. One learns to keep their mouths shut when they don’t agree with the left. Of course back then, I didn’t know it was “the left.” I thought it was merely the popularly accepted opinion that I simply didn’t agree with. Why didn’t I agree, simply because I had learned about the founding fathers and the wisdom they must have had.

    The fact is, it doesn’t matter because that little piece will be what the instructor focuses on. The instructor will do as the left-wing has established is it’s goal, and that is to lessen the pride children have in their nation. They have been rather successful at it too. I mean look around. I went to school in the 80’s, but by the 90’s, it’s rare to see children who really know what the founding father’s thought. It’s because the left has taken a majority of the control over education, and in that they have dumbed it down sufficiently that children are not really learning anything that the left does not want them to learn.

    Think about it . . . The home school crowd are taught primarily by Christian right wing parents mailed a curriculum to ensure their children understand, and they are by and large outperforming every public school in the U.S. That says something about our education system when unqualified parents can teach their children better and more than qualified teachers can.

    It’s because the left has an agenda that they are trying to use education to accomplish, and kids learning gets in the way of that agenda, and parents only real agenda is that their kids learn well. They simply teach their kids the curriculum they are mailed, yet their kids excel compared to kids taught by a qualified teacher in a public school.

  4. Neva Kelly says:

    Because my comment has been “awaiting moderation” for six days now, I’ll try submitting it again:

    While it’s true that this lesson is included as a resource in the TASA iTunes U United States Government course, it is actually a resource taken from the Library of Congress, as evidenced by the header on the .pdf document linked in your post. Here’s the link to the actual lesson, which any teacher can locate through a simple internet search: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/equal/

    If you read the entire lesson and its supporting documents, you’ll see that there is nothing “anti-American” about it. But if you actually consider that this lesson “borders on being considered an act of treason,” perhaps you should take it up with the Library of Congress.

    • Janice VanCleave says:

      Neva,
      Sorry for the delay.

      Thank you. I will check out the link and follow up on your advice.

      My point is the progressive education is more about “histiography” instead of factual information.
      In other words, students are asked to give their opinions when they have not studied the documents –the history of how and why
      they were written.

      Students are asked to revise a document that is the foundation of our country’s government. What is the educational value for this? What Texas standard does this align with? I am asking so that I can find a reason for this activity.
      Janice VanCleave

  5. Neva Kelly says:

    While it’s true that this lesson is included as a resource in the TASA iTunes U United States Government course, it is actually a resource taken from the Library of Congress, as evidenced by the header on the .pdf document linked in your post. Here’s the link to the actual lesson, which any teacher can locate through a simple internet search: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/equal/

    If you read the entire lesson and its supporting documents, you’ll see that there is nothing “anti-American” about it. But if you actually consider that this lesson “borders on being considered an act of treason,” perhaps you should take it up with the Library of Congress.

  6. Josh Gravens says:

    You call Jefferson one of the “greatest thinkers our country has ever seen.” But I must ask how do you think he got to that point? One day as an adult he put away his childish notions of too much self-esteem and became a great thinker? No, his critical thinking surely started as a young adult, also during Jefferson’s time his education would have included an critical thinks on ancient Greek philosophers, and surely at times he would have questioned there arguments.

    One rough quote attributed to Jefferson is to “question everything even the very existence of God.” That being said can our school children not question the motives and thoughts of a mere mortal? We have elevated our founding fathers to a type of demi-deity without truly having taken into account their writings.