“I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”
April 12, 2013
A father was shocked to find a note in his 4th grader son’s bag that indicated his teachers had instructed children at the school to accept that they should be willing to give up some Constitutional rights in order to be more safe.
Aaron Harvey from Florida found a note scrawled in Crayon in his son’s back pack that read “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”
When the father questioned his son on the matter, the boy told him that his teacher, Cheryl Sabb, had said the statement out loud and instructed the children in the class to write it down, following a lesson on The Bill of Rights and The Constitution.
Mr Harvey noted that he asked other children in the class, at Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, for an explanation and received the same answer.
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“Everybody has their opinions,” Harvey said. “I am strongly for proper education, for the freedom of thought so you can form your own opinion and have your own free speech in the future… [but] the education is, ‘when was the Constitution drafted, when was it ratified, why did this happen, why did we choose to do this…all these things, why did they particular choose those specific rights to be in our Bill of Rights.’” he added.
“I believe in our Constitution. I am a veteran, I served for six-and-a-half years proudly and I served to protect our rights,” Harvey said. “Now whenever I have someone coming in and trying to pollute my child’s mind with biased opinions…there’s no education in that.” he urged.
The statement is particularly bizarre, given that perhaps the most famous line that founding father Benjamin Franklin ever uttered was “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”
The Blaze notes that the school are “checking into” the incident following a separate complaint from another parent. A spokesperson for the school said that they were unsure why the teacher had instructed the children to write such a statement.
It is precisely because of incidents like this that more and more parents are turning to home schooling. Indeed, constitutional expert and former Congressman Ron Paul recently announced the launch of his own home schooling program that promises to center heavily around The Constitution and how it “has been hijacked.”
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.