GOP urges schools to emphasize 'founding principles'
August 16th, 2013
01:08 PM ET
12 months ago

GOP urges schools to emphasize 'founding principles'

Boston (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee backed a resolution Friday calling on state legislatures to pass legislation "supporting the changing and teaching" of American history to put a greater emphasis on the country's "founding principles."

"School children of the United States of America should understand the sacrifice that has been made for the God-given liberty so that a strong Constitutional Republic in the United States may be secured for future generations," reads the resolution, which passed by a voice vote at Friday's general session of the RNC.

The measure asks state legislatures in all fifty states to hold hearings and pass bills requiring schools to include "significant sections" on several historical documents: the Charter of Liberties, The Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Northwest Ordinance, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers and the anti-Federalist Papers, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem and the 1689 British Bill of Rights.

The RNC language calls on the "U.S. curriculum testing system" to test students on their knowledge of these founding documents, "to ensure that students are effectively learning these time-honored principles" outlined in them.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. rs

    It is nearly comic relief that after gutting school budgets at all levels in states they control, that now the GOP demostrates any interest in what is tought at all. Wht dothey think Civics and Social Studies classes teach?

    August 16, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. kirk

    Why by the time they learn them you will have destroyed them!

    August 16, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Winston Smith

    Founding principles? Like what, greed, selling out to the highest bidder, that all things material, and human have a price? These principles are the one's your party embraced, and your party would do anything, even lie, cheat and steal to gain power. Just another nail in your political coffin.

    August 16, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. jesus

    Give me a break! Testing? I am beginning to think GOP is trying to implode. We learned enough about US history in school and those of us that wanted to know more did so ... there are FAR larger challenges in the school system that need to be worked on

    August 16, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Sounds like right wing propaganda to me, just more brainwashing for the teaparty clowns children that would be of better use in North Korea then in the USA !!!!!

    August 16, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. king

    aahhh the repubs hypocrisy never ends. aint these the same people jumping up and down about the over reach of the Obama government, and their indoctrination of our young students. why every time i hear about the repubs they are doing something they were just accusing the Obama administration of doing. they shout night and day about small government, yet on the other hand, they want government to control every aspect of society. when will the american people stop being so gullible and see the repubs for what they really are.

    August 16, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    LOL! This is no doubt based on the baseless assumption that "ermahgerd, teh country is getting more librul cuz teh skkoolz aren't teeching teh Konstimatooshunal principulls!!! If we makes dem teeches it, we'll win more populashun shar cuz we're teh onlee ones who are real Murkinz!!!"

    I was taught all these things in public school, so really, the accusation implicit in this vote, i.e., that schools aren't teaching it AT ALL, is bunk. They do...our childrenz just isn't learning it the WAY the GOP/Teatrolls would prefer. In other words, they caged this in rather inoffensive, generalized language, but the message they're really sending is to GOP/Teatroll state legislatures that they should legislate the MANNER in which these subjects are taught because "we need some good old fashioned indoctrination...and fast."

    August 16, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Derek

    GOP urges schools to emphasize 'founding principles'? Who cares.

    GOP urges Congress to emphasize 'founding principles'? Now, I'm listening.

    August 16, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Pandamonius

    Are they [expletive] kidding?!? That amounts to educational conditioning or, as it is commonly called, brainwashing. They are out of touch with voters, so their solution is, instead of adjusting their own ideals to match what voters are looking for, to brainwash children into being their next generation of voters.

    What's the GOP call this plan...Hitler's Youth?

    August 16, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. kirk

    Wow, this coming from the demogogue that needs it the most. Everything they do is for money,or government control that leads to more money.they use everything to try and extract taxpayers money and funnel it to their special interests. Immigration never will they accept one more citizen that is brown, but they will tell you they willif your willing to spend 46 billion for there contractors.or keystone which they have lied extensively about.it does exactly zero for our energy dependency,or jobs.and complain about regulation then proceed to pass laws with so much regulation, 90% of them go out of business, oh yeah and call it a motorcycle helmet bill.simply out of control

    August 16, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Duke

    First question – Will you adequately fund this proposal?
    Second question – Will you fund it so that it does not take away ANY funding from any other are of study?

    Don't get me wrong, I agree that these things are very important. No self-respecting citizen of our country should be ignarant of these things, including know all the words to tghe Star-Spangled Banner, Our Country Tis' of Thee and America the Beautiful, but don't make demands of an educational system that you routinely underfund, and teachers you accuse of fnot earning their pay

    August 16, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. nintex

    Yeah, and just leave out all that science junk – you know, evolution, the age of the earth, anything that goes against the Bible doesn't need to be taught. Oh, and kids don't need critical thinking skills – they just need to listen to the garbage on the radio that their parents listen to and what they learn in Sunday School. That'll make for a great future for our country. (I could just cry when I read articles like the one above).

    August 16, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "No self-respecting citizen of our country should be ignarant of these things, including know all the words to tghe Star-Spangled Banner, Our Country Tis' of Thee and America the Beautiful, but don't make demands of an educational system that you routinely underfund, and teachers you accuse of fnot earning their pay."
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    You know something? I'm in my early 50s and we sang America (what you call Our Country Tis of Thee) after saying the Pledge of Allegiance in FIRST grade. We sang America the Beautiful after the pledge in SECOND grade. Can't do it now... because saying the pledge might "insult" someone or some group.

    August 16, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. will poundstone

    i'll agree with them when THEY emphasize founding principles for themselves

    August 16, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. patNY

    Um...what about State's Rights to control their own curriculums?

    August 16, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Teddy Pecora

    Right! From the party that cut every schools budget to shreds. At what time of day should we teach this? This after 5 hours of test prep for your passing of NO Child Left Behind. The GOP in Congress and The Senate should take this class. they forgo what democracy is about!

    August 16, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. ge

    you mean the principals of the founding father slave owners ,sounds republican ,I don,t think the founding fathers were for people of colour to own guns ,just the chosen few

    August 16, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Tom

    These people are out of control.

    August 16, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. kirk

    With all the issues needing attention, they pick this, if you haven't figured them out yet it cause they are crazy. bats hit crazy is the new term . I am simply amazed thatANYONE would cast a vote for them.based on what? I cannot imagine a senerio where I would feel compelled to even consider a gop vote.

    August 16, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @ Fair is Fair

    Ummmmmmmmmmm. Yeah. So what's your point?

    August 16, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. kirk

    Its historical rehab break it down to nothing: then rebuild it in your likeness.. no thanks

    August 16, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Pandamonius

    Funny that the GOP wants to encourage people to learn about our founding principles, yet there is another article today about how they have voted to undermine freedom of the press by not allowing media access to groups that are not in their pocket (such as Fox).

    August 16, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Revolution

    Teach them how's it's wrong to have citizens of another country determine our elections

    August 16, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "You know something? I'm in my early 50s and we sang America (what you call Our Country Tis of Thee) after saying the Pledge of Allegiance in FIRST grade. We sang America the Beautiful after the pledge in SECOND grade. Can't do it now... because saying the pledge might "insult" someone or some group."

    I volunteer at my grandchildrens grade school, Fair. They still Pledge Allegiance to our flag at grades K-5. I am not sure about singing America the Beautiful. It hasn't been sung while I am in attendance.

    Do you know whether or not home school children are required to say the Pledge or sing America the Beautiful?

    August 16, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Data Driven

    Has the RNC provided evidence that schools are NOT teaching this stuff? Where's the data?

    August 16, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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