Minnesota judge OKs new social studies standards

  • Article by: Jim Ragsdale , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2013 - 7:39 PM

Minnesota curriculum plan was challenged as “anti-American,” but judge found it reasonable.

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dentesterMar. 24, 13 7:50 PM

The judge ruled that the leftist education system can ignore the following as simply a meaningless "religious belief": "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It's all over, people. I risked my life fighting the communists only to come home and find out they're in charge of the government.

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swmnguyMar. 24, 13 7:55 PM

One of the bigger threats to education in America is posed by groups like this "Education Liberty Watch." They seriously found the money and took the time and effort to wage a court battle make sure we indoctrinate children with silliness like "American Exceptionalism" and "God-Given" rights?

This isn't Conservatism at all. It's narcissistic self-delusion, and it's bad for America. Good for the judge to strike down this pernicious nonsense. Groups like this think so little of America that they don't want Americans to be able to analyze situations and propose sensible solutions. They'd rather have people just mouth slogans than have the ability to be actual citizens.

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mrf26858Mar. 24, 13 8:06 PM

This is all turning into something that I no longer recognize. 'Self-evident', 'Unalienable', 'Rights'. Just one more Institution that is being eroded. Unreal...

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saturn122777Mar. 24, 13 8:07 PM

"American Exceptionalism?" People actually want to incorporate such a concept into school curriculum? Wow. You have got to be kidding me. That sounds like something straight out of Nazi Germany.

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cstoney48Mar. 24, 13 8:21 PM

"...endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.." From from the Declaration in 1776, Jefferson borrowed heavily from John Locke's Second Treatise on Government which argued that all men possessed rights based on their nature. “All men are born free and equal”--that is a classic Enlightenment argument based on reason and understanding--not religious doctrine. Jefferson had no time for religious zealots and their rigid orthodoxy--to understand was to know and reason was the path to knowledge. His concept of creator was of a deism removed--a creator who formed the universe and set it in motion based on knowable, systematic rules. Jefferson rejected the superstitions and mysticism of Christianity and even went so far as to edit the gospels, removing the miracles and mysticism of Jesus. "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes." TJ Dec. 6, 1813.

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jegelkrout2Mar. 24, 13 8:24 PM

I find it interesting that the state requires students to pass tests in reading, writing, and math, but not in social studies. There is no requirement that a student demonstrate any understanding at all about how our government works, who their representatives are, or what the Constitution actually says. They do not need to know how to vote or how to contact legislators. They do not need to know anything at all about the history of our country. Newsflash - you do NOT need to know how to solve a quadratic equation to function as an adult in our society.

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stpauloldiesMar. 24, 13 8:48 PM

Liberals do nothing but sit around and think up ways to subvert democracy through fraud, and take over the government so they can circumvent congress through executive orders. They have an unstoppable method of gaining power, which worked to perfection in Cypress and Greece ..... promise paychecks to the ignorant masses in return for votes.

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stpauloldiesMar. 24, 13 8:57 PM

I can't wait to see the part in the new social studies book where they illustrate the left-wing heroes that were preparing bottles of urine and feces to throw at republicans during the RNC. I'm sure there'll be no mention that these people were trying to deny republicans their constitutionally granted right to associate and participate in democracy. After all, the commie judge said these left-wing changes to the text books were needed. We need to hate America, and we have no right to claim America ever stood for anything good and decent.

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stpauloldiesMar. 24, 13 9:20 PM

I can't wait to read the new left-wing version of history. Instead of America single-handedly saving europe from the germans in WWI and WWII, it will explain how America is an imperialist pig nation that twice tried to take over europe, but the only thing that stopped it from happening was heroic liberals. And of course, the fact that hollywood in the 40's and 50's was dominated by communist sympathizers with questionable loyalties to their own country will completely disappear from the record and Joseph McCarthy, the only man courageous enough to stand up to them will be written off as a pathetic character on a witch hunt. Every single communist country on earth re-wrote their history books until they were nothing but pure fiction. That is EXACTLY what is happening right now by liberals in this country.

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Flash_GordonMar. 24, 13 9:22 PM

Republic rather than democracy? Is it because republic sounds more like republicans and vice versa? What's the old saying? 99% of attorneys make the rest of them look bad.

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