NC High School Graduation Could Require Founding Fathers Tests

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republicans legislators believe the survival of the American republic requires graduating North Carolina students to understand the principles which helped form the country.

The House Education Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would require public high schools to teach and students to pass a semester-long course on the concepts behind the founding of the United States. Testing would start in the fall of 2014.

Teenagers will be tested on what they learned about the due process of law, individual rights and responsibilities, and inalienable rights.

The same committee approved legislation requiring public school principals to ask parents for immunization proof and a birth certificate or other proof of an enrolling student's age. Lawmakers dropped ordering principals to learn the child's immigration status.


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  • by JusticeForAll on Jun 12, 2011 at 08:41 PM
    If this bill passes, NC Department of Education will officially meet the requirements of a "Domestic Terrorist Organization, as published by the DHS, and MIAC... Just sayin'...
  • by How on Jun 8, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    How are we going to add another graduation requirement? The school's budgets have been slashed, teachers will be laid off and supply money has been cut. Who is going to teach this "important" information? Where are the text books coming from? How is the classroom going to be built or maintained with less custodial staff and no building money? Use some common sense, fund what we have before you add extra requirements. Civics and American History cover much of this already.
  • by Harold Location: NC on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    A lot of the comments here prove this needs to be taught. Heres a new idea.. read the constitution. The term democracy does nopt appear. In Art 4 we are guarenteed a REPUBLIC. I can't believe people are so uneducated to not know the difference. Or dumb enough to think that a republic is represented by the republican party. Dems and reps both support an unconstitutional democracy. Common sense should use common sense and read for a change before making uneducated replys.
  • by BF on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    Can you believe this?!? These Republicans campaigned on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs last year. "We" trusted them and elected them. There was a job uptick during the winter, before they actually started doing much. Then, as soon as their governing began to take effect, the job market began shrinking again. Even after their election, unemployment is still high and fewer jobs are being created. And what are they governing about? Social issues, those hot-button things that get the ultra-cons excited but nobody else cares about; killing a one-percent sales tax that could fund the schools but that the taxpayers really can't see (come on, one cent on a dollar); killing the state budget so that tens of thousands of state workers will hit the unemployment rolls and compete with other out-of-work citizens for those "jobs" that the Bush tax breaks have never created. Businesses aren't hiring because of "uncertainty." While they're "uncertain," they bankroll their profits (those profits that are generated and protected by the tax breaks) rather than hire the unemployed. The Republicans aren't working for anybody but their fat-cat frineds and their so-called "base." They're going to find out in 2012 that their "base" can't elect anybody. It's the centrist, independent voters who decide elections. They don't care about hot-button social issues. They care about "the economy, stupid" and jobs. Thumb your nose at them at your own peril.
  • by Charles Location: Chocowinity on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    I support the teaching of both US and NC history in our public and private schools.I am deeply concerned with revisionist text books and believe all text books should be carefully vetted before being allowed into our education system.That said, I am of the opinion that the broadest and most profound issue facing America is not in the education system, but in the breakdown of the family.If parents (one man-one woman) would devote themselves to raising their own children,overseeing their education and staying involved in the character building process,America could make progress in rebuilding this Nation.Without solid family life no amount of money spent on education will change the downward spiral we face.I applaud all parents who give of themselves to their children and pray that more will.Honesty,valid morals,a strong work ethic,seflessness,self confidence:these are the foundations that parents are best suited to impart to their children and without these no amount of education can point this nation in the right direction.
  • by Annette Location: DC on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    I'm so glad our lawmakers know what is really going on in our schools! This is ALREADY TAUGHT IN SCHOOL!!! Students get that in Civics & Economics and in US History. Both of which were required EOC tested courses until those same people dropped them this year! Oh yeah, the very basic principles and history begin in elementary school! Maybe they need to go back to school!
  • by educator Location: ENC on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    This is already taught in the high schools & as "me" said, it was tested up until this year. My next question is, how are they going to do this when they are cutting classroom teachers?
  • by lena Location: windsor on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    Will they tell the truth? Will they gather more lies from Texas textbook makers and teach lies to our students. The truth will not be told because the truth of how this country was founded is ruthless. They don't want the kids to know how much blood was shed for this supposed democracy. Not a democracy for the people, but a democracy for Certain People. Let Civics/ Economics continue to be taught. Here we go again, creating a program that already exists. Still wasting taxpayers money. Republicans have all of the answers for America's woes. Why don't they tell the truth about gas prices and who is really keeping the price up. It is not the Middle Easterners! Our greedy businessmen are driving this economy into the ground. If they aren't hiding money, they are stealing it behind big corporate name. The truth won't be told.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:20 AM in reply to lena
      You GO Lena. The truth will be told if we keep telling it! Keep the faith baby.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:32 AM in reply to lena
      You lost us with the bloody history of this nation....we have saved more lives than we have taken. America is always the country that steps up to catstrophes when no one else will. Finally, you last comment, until the moritorium on drilling is lifted competely...enjoy Obamagas. He signed it, he owns it. He is forcing us to buy from other countries now. The truth and the facts of history, are being rewritten...thats the problem. And to those Palin bashers...I am an Obama basher..why? I told you he would be the worst president in history...and now he has lived up to the bill. Anybody but Obama means Palin could be in the whitehouse...ohhhh...thats gotta make you cringe. Well, if you wouldn't have voted in a socialist...maybe it would be different.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    Be nice if they could really teach the history of the US. It was founded based on Godly princibles. People were trying to be here to worship with Freedom. Now, they dropped all that, and only are going to teach outlines of the real truth.
  • by Bubba on Jun 8, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    Isn't U.S. History a requirement already in H.S.... It was back in 1988 when I took it...
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      by Willy on Jun 8, 2011 at 07:28 AM in reply to Bubba
      Bubba, do u believe everything u read? History books are being changed TODAY in order to strengthen certain agendas.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to Willy
        Exactly, just look at Harold's post about the definition of "democracy." Total partisan BS.
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