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You Won’t Believe What We Found in Another ‘Widely Adopted’ High School Textbook

Posted by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM
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A South Carolina high school, and possibly many others, are reportedly using a different history textbook that also contains a highly questionable interpretation of the Second Amendment.

Additionally, the publisher of a separate controversial advanced placement history textbook, which acts as a study guide for the advanced placement U.S. history exam and seems to diminish the Second Amendment, is directly linked to Common Core standards, TheBlaze has learned.

Second book

It appears that the poor interpretation of the Second Amendment isn’t limited to the AP history book first covered by TheBlaze on Monday.

TheBlaze has learned that a high school in Simpsonville, S.C., is supposedly using another textbook that includes a disputable definition of the Second Amendment.

“The Second and Third Amendments — grant citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers and prevent the government from housing troops in private homes in peacetime,” the book’s summary reads. In a separate box on the same page it paraphrases the amendment as “the right to bear arms,” not the right to “keep” and bear arms.

According to photos posted on Facebook, the history book is titled, “The Americans,” and is reportedly being used at Hillcrest High School.

The American Textbook Council (ATC) says “The Americans” textbook is considered to be a “widely adopted history textbook” in the United States for “general-level eleventh grade classrooms.”

Publisher of AP History Book Containing Questionable Second Amendment Summary Has Direct Ties to Common Core

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Publisher of AP History Book Containing Questionable Second Amendment Summary Has Direct Ties to Common Core

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When contacted by TheBlaze regarding the textbook and its content, Hillcrest High Vice Principal Ken Ashworth said he would have to call “right back.” When we called back hours later, Ashworth said he would not be able to provide a response.

Common Core

The first book, “United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination,” not only contains a controversial summary of the Second Amendment, but it also compares the “American mobs” who fought in the Revolutionary War to the “guerrilla bans that fought in such countries as Cuba in the 1950s and Vietnam in 1960s and points out that the Boston Tea Party was “far too radical” for some.

Perfection Learning, which bought out the original publisher of the book, AMSCO, makes no effort to hide its connection to the controversial Common Core Standards. A quick review of its website reveals a “Common Core Solutions Center” and more.

Publisher of AP History Book Containing Questionable Second Amendment Summary Has Direct Ties to Common Core

(PerfectionLearning.com)

“Founded by two educators in 1926, Perfection Learning provides high-quality, innovative curriculum solutions to K-12 schools across the country and internationally. All of the major programs support the Common Core State Standards,” the site’s “About Us” page reads. “Innovative literature programs provide cost-effective solutions for teaching critical thinking skills and incorporating the new demands of the Common Core State Standards.”

Publisher of AP History Book Containing Questionable Second Amendment Summary Has Direct Ties to Common Core

(PerfectionLearning.com)

Listed under the publisher’s “specialties” is “Common Core trade book collections.” Multiple attempts to contact Perfection Learning have been unsuccessful.

As previously reported by TheBlaze, the history book in question defines the Second Amendment as limited to state militia. “The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia,” the summary definition reads.

Readers have submitted tips TheBlaze claiming the book is also being used in several additional schools and districts. In addition to the schools and districts we’ve previously disclosed (here), the text is reportedly also being utilized at the Jefferson County School District in Clay, Ala., and at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C., according to parents who reached out to TheBlaze.

Andrew Kraft, social studies program manager at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, told TheBlaze that the district’s official history book is “The Enduring Vision.” However, he said it appears that the history teacher at West Forsyth High recommended the AP history book as a supplemental resource, but it is not required reading.

Kraft would not discuss the district’s view on the definition of the Second Amendment found in the book.

Messages left with the Jefferson County School District in Alabama were not immediately returned.

grandma B

by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM
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erika9009
by Silver Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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At what point do we stop calling our public schools actual schools.

Maybe we should call them "The Progressive's Leaning Center"

At least I have taken the obviously now needed approach and sent my kids to private schools.

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143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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 HOLY SHIT!!!!!  jaw drop

I'm not in SC, but that sure looks like the 10th grade SS book my boys used.

Gotta go..I'm gonna be sick...throwing up

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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 I have a friend that prefers "indoctrination camps".

Quoting erika9009:

At what point do we stop calling our public schools actual schools.

Maybe we should call them "The Progressive's Leaning Center"

At least I have taken the obviously now needed approach and sent my kids to private schools.

 

sillygirl83
by Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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Unbelievable

rayroe2
by Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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This was my book.
SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 4:58 AM

What are they thinking?

It's amazing to me that people who don't even understand the Constitution are allowed to write textbooks about it.  

Reminds me of someone trying to BS their way on an essay test, to "fluff up" what they do know.

Or the teacher who designed a math worksheet to go along their Civil War history lesson, by asking what is the average number of times several slaves were beaten over a week. Can you believe it?!

Talk about missing the forest for the trees.

Mrs.Pedro
by Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 5:06 AM
Lol I had that textbook when I was in high school. At the end of the day none of the students really cared what it said, because the only emphasis was on passing tests... None of us expected to remember any of that stuff. I do remember my teacher did day it was kind of incomplete and what it should say, but that we needed to remember what was in the book since that is what the test would be based on.
autodidact
by Silver Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 5:29 AM
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that text was published in 2007, so why bring up common core?

sarahjz
by Bronze Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Hmmm.

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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Progressive movement to change history....

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