A fifth-grade teacher in California claims he was told not to give students “documents from American history that refer to God — including the Declaration of Independence.” From Reuters:
Steven Williams, a fifth-grade teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School in the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Cupertino, sued for discrimination on Monday, claiming he had been singled out for censorship by principal Patricia Vidmar because he is a Christian.
. . . Williams asserts in the lawsuit that since May he has been required to submit all of his lesson plans and supplemental handouts to Vidmar for approval, and that the principal will not permit him to use any that contain references to God or Christianity.
Among the materials she has rejected, according to Williams, are excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s journal, John Adams’ diary, Samuel Adams’ “The Rights of the Colonists” and William Penn’s “The Frame of Government of Pennsylvania.”
Stevens Creek is a top-scoring school; a majority of students are Asian-American. I find it hard to believe they’re not allowed to read the historical documents that state history standards require schools to teach, as The Remedy, Claremont Institute’s weblog, points out. It sounds too crazy.