Another Ed Bill Reappears

Another Education issue is back.

SB 524 will be heard in the House Committee on Rules on Monday.
The bill came up earlier in the session, and apparently, went on vacation for a while. Now it is back.

This bill adds new requirements to the existing law requiring ALL high school students to both take and pass a class about our Founding Principles. This class must be passed before a student can graduate. This ALEC-proposed legislation became law a few years ago and is currently taught in our traditional public schools (I don't know if charter schools are required to teach this class...)

It requires the Founding Principles Class to add the following to it's curriculum:

Constitutional limitations on government power to tax and spend and prompt payment of public debt.
Money with intrinsic value.
Strong defense and supremacy of civil authority over military.
Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
Eternal vigilance by "We the People."

Which of the founding fathers was keen on 'the intrinsic value of money,' the gold standard? But why do the Koch brothers think it important that high school students be taught about the gold standard? Few high school students take classes in economics and most high schools don't even offer that as a class.

Here's the bill if you want to read for yourself.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2015/Bills/Senate/HTML/S524v1.html

This is on top of the previously NCGA mandated requirements for the course:

The Creator‑endowed inalienable rights of the people.
Structure of government, separation of powers with checks and balances.
Frequent and free elections in a representative government.
Rule of law.
Equal justice under the law.
Private property rights.
Federalism.
Due process.
Individual rights as set forth in the Bill of Rights.
Individual responsibility.

This is from ALEC-proposed legislation:

Section 1. The act shall be known as the “Founding Philosophy and Principles Act.”
Section 2. {Civic Literacy.}
(A) Local boards of education shall require during the high school years the
teaching of a semester course that focuses on the following:

(1) America’s Founding Philosophy, to include at least the following:
(a) The Creator-endowed unalienable rights of the people.
(b) The purpose of government is to protect the inalienable rights of the people and to protect people from violence and fraud.
(c) Structure of government, separation of powers, checks and balances.
(d) Rule of law with frequent and free elections in a representative government.
(2) America’s Founding Principles to include at the least the following:
(a) Federalism, government as close to the people as possible.
(b) Bill of Rights guaranteed freedoms of speech, press, religion, and peaceful assembly.
(c) Private property rights and freedom of individual enterprise.
(d) Innocent of any crime until proven guilty, with rights of habeas corpus, no unreasonable searches, no cruel or unreasonable punishment, and the right to a speedy trial by a jury of peers.
(e) A virtuous and moral people, educated in the philosophy and principles of government for a free people.
(f) Constitutional limitations on government power to tax and spend and prompt payment of public debt.
(g) Money with intrinsic value.
(h) Right of people to keep and bear arms, strong defense capability, supremacy of civil authority over military.
(i) Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.
(j) Eternal vigilance by “We the People.”

http://www.alec.org/model-legislation/founding-philosophy-and-principles-act/

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