Arkansas sixth-graders were assigned to help a government task force revise the “outdated” Bill of Rights, a mother complained to Digital Journal. Students were told to dump two amendments, recommend two new ones and explain their reasoning.
Lela Spears said her daughter hadn’t been taught about the Constitution or the Bill of Rights before the assignment. Students didn’t learn how the Constitution is amended and might think it can be changed by a “special” committee.
Spears knew it was a “critical thinking” assignment. But how can students think critically about the Bill of Rights without knowing anything about the Bill of Rights?