GA 4th Graders Given Book About Overthrowing Government, Parents Cheer

GA 4th Graders Given Book About Overthrowing Government, Parents Cheer

GA 4th Graders Given Book About Overthrowing Government, Parents Cheer

Georgia State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods believes that testing and other priorities have supplanted civics and patriotism in many schools. So he decided to do something about it.

In association with the American Legion, he has purchased pocket Constitutions to be distributed to every fourth grade student in Georgia.

“Talking about what it means to be an American, the greatness of our history, perhaps got pushed aside,”  Woods, a Republican and former history teacher, said.

The first round of pocket sized Constitutions were delivered to Midway Elementary in Forsyth County on Thursday. The plan was to continue this distribution to thousands more students in coming weeks.

“I was pretty excited because I had never read the Constitution before,” one student said after receiving their copy.

The pamphlet also includes the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, as well as the Pledge of Allegiance.

Another student responded, “Now I know what the preamble actually is.”

Wood said his mission is very simple: “Hopefully as we begin to roll this out they will become informed citizens, but also engaged citizens.”

He hoped that in the coming years they will, “take every opportunity to vote and speak.”

“I think it says we really want our fourth graders to understand U.S. history and understand the freedoms we have and where they come from so they can be good American citizens,” Georgia teacher Ellen Long said.

Others, like Yale Law School. professor Akhil Amar, have said that the mini Constitutions send a message beyond the basic principles that founded America.

 

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