Teach this parchment

Thanks, Washington.

Our senate has gone a little too far this time, dictating a curriculum for every single federally funded school in the United States — for one day only.

According to a recent law (one that seemed to pass through the books without much notice) all schools and colleges will be required to teach the Constitution on September 17th. If the 17th is on a weekend, they will need to teach it on the weekday directly before or after.

The concept is fine; there is no set specific lesson plan that every teacher needs to follow, and, according to many studies, students these days take for granted thier rights — hardly know thier rights to begin with. But to federally mandate a specific day may lead to much more. What’s next — April 23rd as “Creationism Day?” September 11th as “Patriotic Day?”

Federal government really has no right in sticking thier nose in school curriculum. This isn’t opinion — this is a simple fact. Schools belong to the state, not the nation, and I, for one, don’t care to have our current political climate seeping its way into our schools. Go ahead: blast back by saying that it’s working on the “honor system,” and that there is no punishment in place at the current time to impede schools from simply not doing it. That’s not even the point. Sure, you might like watching CSPAN every day, but would you want it to be federally mandated that you have to watch it every Wednesday from 6-7pm CST?

I mean, hell. We’ve already had to deal with Corporate America. Can’t we leave Micromanaging Government America out of it too? I know this was one Democrat’s idea, but I thought the Republicans, who currently run the US, were against too much government. This is crossing bi-partisan lines, and that just shows how ridiculous both sides can be.

Listen, politically I’m not incredibly knowledgable. I leave that for others, and instead revel in my incredible brilliance at the subject of Reggie Miller’s career stats or my ability to emote about the smallest minutiae of Sioux Falls life. But I do know that reasons like this, and the evolution debate, and corporate high school advertising, are primary to my loathing of school politics and a large reason why I never want anything to do with teaching. I enjoy the romantic side of the transfer of knowledge, but I greatly dislike the hoops that are needed to jump through in order to make anything worthwhile happen.

But really, I hate talking politics.

Who wants to talk about Star Wars?

This was lovingly handwritten on May 26th, 2005