School teaches freedoms sometimes need to be relinquished for greater good

School teaches freedoms sometimes need to be relinquished for greater good

Crayoned Message on Liberties by 4th graderFirst, there was a national pandemic in which schools overreacted to perceived acts of violence. Among the documented threats that led to student suspensions were biting a breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, pointing a forefinger to imitate a gun barrel, and talking about guns.

Now the tide has turned to curtailing future acts of violence by indoctrinating young children into accepting that there are times when security trumps constitutionally mandated freedoms. Mere days after reports surfaced of a Connecticut school’s teaching that the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to bear arms, a schoolteacher in Jacksonville reportedly instructed her fourth-graders to write:

I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.

According to the The Blaze, parent Aaron Harvey found these words written in crayon on a sheet of paper in his son’s backpack. When asked about it, Harvey’s child informed him that his teacher, Cheryl Sabb, had instructed some students to write the sentence at the end of a lesson about the Constitution.

School district officials maintain that the 9-year-old wrote the sentence of his own free will. The problem with that account — apart from the ludicrousness of the assertion — is that other children in the class tell the same story.

As an added irony, just yesterday a school district in Wisconsin was “outed” for having taught its eighth-grade classes that conservatism is an ideology that believes in restricting personal freedoms, while liberalism is dedicated to ensuring personal freedom for everyone.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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