AP History Textbook Rewrites the Second Amendment
An AP history textbook has rewritten the Second Amendment. Heres the Constitutions wording: A well regulated Militia, being
necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Heres the AP history textbooks reworking of the text: Second Amendment: The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia
The revision interprets the Second Amendment in a way that concludes that the only way its constitutional to keep and bear
arms is for a person to be part of a state militia. United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination gets it backwards as the following article points out:
The 2nd Amendment says that a militia is necessary to protect a free State, so in order to be able to have a militia, the citizens have a natural right to keep and bear arms and the government cannot infringe on that right. The textbook version implies that we're only allowed to keep and
bear arms if were in a State militia, a clear misrepresentation of the
2nd Amendment. High School history textbooks have been used as propaganda props for decades. Mel and Norma Gabler scrutinized textbooks and wrecked havoc on the textbook industry for nearly 50 years. They got involved in reviewing textbooks when they found factual errors in
their 14-year old sons textbook, in particular, the absence of the phrase under God from the text of Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address.
Further study showed interpretive bias on economic, political, and religious subjects. Their most famous find was a 1973 fifth-grade American history textbook that devoted more attention to Marilyn Monroe than to George Washington. Norma Gabler remarked, Were
not quite ready for Marilyn Monroe as the mother of our country.
In 2001, Time magazine reported that their scroll of shame of textbook mistakes since 1961 was 54 feet long. In the early 1990s, Texas fined
publishers about $1 million for failing to remove hundreds of
factual errors the Gablers had found in 11 history books. An example: A textbook said that Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina had supported the tariff of 1816. He opposed it.
The public schools have done a great job in shifting worldview thinking from theism to humanism right under the noses of parents who extol the virtues of Americas government education system. Consider how some textbooks handled the subject of religion in the founding of America prior to the Texas TEKS guidelines. One elementary school social studies book has thirty pages of material on the Pilgrims, Paul Vitz writes in his book on textbook censorship, including the first Thanksgiving. But there is not one word (or image) that referred to religion as even a part of the Pilgrims life. One by Gary DelMar