This morning, TheBlaze posted a shocking story out of a Florida elementary school. A father, Aaron Harvey, is furious with Cedar Hills Elementary in Jacksonville, Florida after finding a piece of paper in his fourth grade son’s backpack that read: “I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”
Back in January, a local attorney came in to teach the students about the Bill of Rights. But after the attorney left, fourth-grade teacher Cheryl Sabb dictated the sentence to part of the class and had them copy it down, [Harvey] said.
The paper sat unnoticed in Harvey’s son’s backpack for several months until last week, when his son’s mother almost threw it away. The words caught her eye in the trash, and she showed it to Harvey, who said he was at a loss for words. He asked his son, who said Sabb had spoken the sentence out loud and told them to write it down. Harvey said he asked some of his son’s classmates and got a similar answer.
Over the last several weeks, Glenn has exposed education systems like CSCOPE and Common Core that are funded and supported by leftists in Washington and beyond and are slowly taking over our nation’s schools. Needless to say, he plenty to say about this story on radio this morning.
“Florida, I don't know how you're doing it. I don't know how you're doing it,” Glenn said. “Can you imagine your child coming homing with that? If that's not indoctrination, tell me what is indoctrination. After a lesson on the Constitution, the teacher has your child write that, ‘I'm willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure’?”
While initially the spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools, which includes Cedar Hills, told TheBlaze she didn't know what prompted the teacher to have students write the sentence, the school has since contacted Harvey and told him that the sentence came during a lesson with the lawyer and the teacher had nothing to do with it. Instead, the school is now claiming that Harvey’s son “wrote it on his own free will.”
“All the children are pointing at the teacher,” Harvey told TheBlaze on Friday. “They [the school] told me that my son wrote that on his own free will — there’s now way he knew how to write that on his own free will. He likes to use some big words to flourish — [but] if he was going to put together a sentence that political I’m sure it would be more jumbled than a nice sentence like that.”
“Oh, my gosh, I would be outraged,” Glenn said. This is – there's no way to dismiss this. This is indoctrination. We have shown you the curriculum from CSCOPE. We have shown you the things that are happening with Common Core, but those are all, you know, screen shots from the lesson plans, et cetera, et cetera. They are not something that comes right out of the classroom.”
“And everybody has always said, ‘Well, no. Well, that's not really what it is,’” Glenn continued. “When the teachers are saying, you know, preaching against guns and they are saying, ‘You know what? You've got a cracker, you know, eaten in the shape of a gun. We're going to have to call the police,’ everybody says that's just out‑of‑control, you know, political correctness. No, it's not. It's indoctrination.”
Unfortunately, as of late, stories like this have become all the more common. From children being reprimanded for playing with toy guns to teachers imposing their own views on students, the American education system is broken, and Glenn, a long time supporter of home schooling (his two youngest children are home schooled), had a very frank message this morning.
“Pull your kids out of school,” Glenn said. “Get them out. I know that is really harsh, and I know that's really hard and most people can't do it and they are overwhelmed. Let me tell you something. If you are not doing it because you just can't afford it and you're like, ‘I can't do it,’ please think about it, pray on it, talk. Seriously think about it this weekend and if you can't, you can't. And I understand that. And that's why we're going to continue to fight against this kind of indoctrination because we have to stand together because you can't let any child be indoctrinated with this stuff.”
“If you say, ‘I can't do it because I don't know what I teach my kid, I don't know how to do it,’ believe me you'll do a better job than the teachers will. Believe me,” he continued. “You have been trained to think that you are not qualified to teach your child. And you know what? I wasn't qualified to talk about Woodrow Wilson. I wasn't qualified to talk about the progressive movement. But I did my own homework. You are smart enough to do it. You can… And there's plenty of groups that will help you along the way.”
Home schooling might not be a viable option for everyone, but regardless of your situation, joining together to fight against this type of indoctrination and rhetoric in our schools is essential. “Are you willing to roll the dice that this kind of stuff is being done to your kids and you're going to miss it,” Glenn asked. “Are you willing to roll the dice on that?”
“It's not just about politics. It's not education,” Stu concluded. “It's about culture.”