GOP urges schools to emphasize 'founding principles'
August 16th, 2013
01:08 PM ET
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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in all fifty states to hold hearings and pass bills requiring schools to include "significant sections" on several historical documents: the Charter of Liberties, The Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Northwest Ordinance, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S.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. AlbaMN

    Are they sure they want to do that? It's not like they actually believe in them or practice them.

    August 16, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Sniffit

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

    I do. This is coded messaging to GOP/Teatroll state legislatures that they should attempt to legislate the WAY these subjects are taught in order to try to indoctrinate children into their way of viewing these things (like removing talk about the separation of church and state from text books the way TX did). It's part of their core strategy for winning back youth votes, have no doubt: misinforming children so they grow up conservative. Soooo, essentially, what you have here is an admission by them that the only way to get them to turn out conservative is to misinform them in the first place.

    August 16, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    Wow. The GOBP lockstep in schools. 2014 can't get here soon enough.

    August 16, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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