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  • North Carolina brings the Founding Principles Back to School

    In 2010, North Carolina public school officials proposed changing the high school U.S. History course curriculum to cover events only from 1877 forward. Forget George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War—nothing meaningful happened in America before 1877.

    But, what a difference a year makes.

    Thanks to the Founding Principles Act, North Carolina high school students will continue to learn not only the key people and documents in American history prior to 1877 but also the philosophical underpinnings of America.

    Signed it into law on June 23, 2011, the Founding Principles Act requires high school students to pass a course on the philosophical foundations of America in order to graduate. Studying the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the writings of the Founders, students will learn about inalienable rights, the rule of law, private property rights, federalism, and individual responsibility. The law also requires state standardized tests to include questions on the “philosophical foundations of our form of government and the principles underlying the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and its amendments, and the most important of the Federalist Papers.”

    The Founding Principles Act is a good step toward educating the next generation of students about America’s philosophical foundations. But you don’t need to be a high school student in North Carolina to learn about the foundations of America.

    With the Heritage Foundation’s companion curriculum for We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, you can learn the ten core principles that define our national creed and common purpose: liberty, equality, natural rights, and the consent of the governed, religious liberty, private property, rule of law, limited government, self-government, and national independence.

    For those of you in the Tar Heel state, The North Carolina History Project of the John Locke Foundation provides key information on North Carolina’s role in the formation and ratification of the United States Constitution.

    After the Constitutional Convention, a lady asked Benjamin Franklin what sort of government had been created. “A republic,” replied Franklin, “if you can keep it.” North Carolina’s Founding Principles Act recognizes that educating the next generation about the principles of the American Founding in essential to maintaining our Republic. And for that, Franklin would be proud.

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    13 Responses to North Carolina brings the Founding Principles Back to School

    1. mtn girl says:

      I just hope the clowns in the conservative pary do not expect us to allow David Barton to rewrite our history books. America is a great and wonderful country but we cannot just change history when it makes us look bad… Republicans are willing to lie about virtually anything; including our own history so I am very skeptical of the motives for this law.. I am sure it will somehow benefit one of their donors or business partners- that seems to be the entire point of their governance thus far..

      • Joanne says:

        Which history books would you be referring to? At any rate, the description states the students will be studying the ORIGINAL FOUNDING FATHER'S WRITINGS, so it sounds like you will not have to worry about David Barton or the Republicans rewriting or lying about anything. What could be better than our high school students actually reading and discussing the writings that the people who actually fought and won the Revolutionary War produced?

      • Bobbie says:

        That's right mtn girl. Don't ever research what you're told by the government and media you trust, just follow their example to see facts irrelevant and without considerations. you're a priceless commodity to the success of corruption. Must be a harvard graduate?
        … player…

      • You miss the point. America based on its founding principles, The Declaration of Independence, and The United States Constitution, give us the basis as individuals to be the best we can be without interference or Intrusion. America is us. It is based on the Rule of Law. We have protections formally incorporated into our Bill of Rights. We have the Frame work for the basic human rights from our inception as a people, as the United States of America in the Declaration. Think about the meaning of the words. And the Simplicity of the Words of the Declaration, yet the power which they give each and every person who is an American. We have two elements, Individual Liberty, and Economic Freedom which Create American Exceptionalism. We must protect those with every fiber of our being. We have protected our Freedom during our existence with Treasure, Sacrifice and Blood. Be grateful for all that God has given you and the Framers who were so wise to Found and Ordain this Great Nation.(even with the Mistakes that were made, which in every case where against OUR documents' principles)

      • Minuteman says:

        mtn girl, David Barton has done some fantastic work based on original source documents and his writing is well referenced. In contrast I find the work of the liberal/progressive left to be exceptionally shoddy.

        Barton is shining the light of truth on the lies you support.

    2. Paul Patterson says:

      Keep the real history alive,everyone should know this history,all of it not just the bits and pieces selected by a "few" .American history is facinating and relavent to everyone worldwide.
      Paul,
      Halifax,Nova-Scotia

    3. SilenceDogood2010 says:

      I recently met a young gentleman from New Orleans, La. He's a Duke Grad student here in Durham. He's currently in Law School here at Duke. I asked him, what I thought was a simple question—- "Does the Constitution override a NC General Statute or a JUDGES ruling?" His response troubled me. He stated, which he had learned at Duke Univ.:

      "The constitution doesn't matter much anymore. It's ALL about case law and previous rulings by the courts."

      Of course, I corrected him and told him that the "CONSTITUTION" IS the LAW of the land and ALL judges, Legislators, Elected Officials swear an OATH to protect & defend it. He thinks I'm a NUT CASE! LOL

    4. Philip says:

      Thank God A giant baby step considering folks under 55 will likely need the Republic to thrive to help their children pay the dept they were given by the UNFOUNDERS of our era.

    5. Dr. Batie says:

      hooray for NC

    6. Excellent history curriculum! May more and more states and individuals look at it and adopt it!

    7. @DoreenLaird says:

      This is wonderful and I am happy for the young Tar heels who will learn the things the socialist communist progressives have removed from our history books throughout this great nation.

      • Martha Copenhaver says:

        As a retired teacher, I am encouraged to learn that the history curriculum is showing evidence of better textbooks. As a teacher (now retired) I once served on textbook committees and was horrified at the PC and dumbed down content. So sad! Very little or no original content, and much "liberal political correctness".

        Original sources and well educated teachers is what we should hope for, but unfortunately, even the so-called "better" teacher prep universities and colleges often have very liberal doofusses teaching the teachers.
        Some private and some public schools have excellent faculty and trustees. The students who are lucky enough to attend these schools will try to see that their children have good schools, too. Unfortunately, many people have worse luck, and are short changed.
        Citizens should demand good teacher preparation and an excellent curriculum for the students.

        Martha Copenhaver

    8. FalconFlight says:

      Failure to instruct another generation will all but snuff out the Republic.

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