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Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 05:41 PM


First Published in 1994


Last week, a website originating in Texas, said to be related to Glenn Beck, published an article alleging that a Greenville County high school was using a history text that stated the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution incorrectly. Calls came to the Greenville County School District. The District promptly issued a statement to the media stating that the allegation was correct and that more than one school in the District was using the senior class history book.

District schools had been notified of the error in the textbook as soon as administrators verified its existence. It further acknowledged that the book has been used in Greenville County Schools for five years and that it had been approved by the South Carolina Board of Education for inclusion in the list of approved texts.

The textbook on page 149 states the following:

“Citizens have a right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen soldiers.”

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “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.”

What this incident indicates is that five graduating classes from Greenville County Schools, and apparently the entire state, have been taught a lie regarding the Second Amendment. This lie supports the anti-gun agenda pushed by the leftists for decades and is a top priority for the current administration.

This situation should be frightening to any sane citizen of Greenville County. Despite all the rhetoric about the right to bear arms and increased gun purchases, since the election of Barack Obama, the children of these same concerned parents and grandparents have been taught a lie regarding the constitutional right to bear arms and no one noticed.

Parents have the ultimate responsibility for education of their children. In Greenville County, parents depend on a board of twelve paid elected board members to represent their interests to ensure that their children get a proper education in taxpayer funded schools.

At the state level, citizens have a representative on the State Board of Education appointed by their elected members of the legislature. Both state and county education boards approved this book and all other textbooks that are used in public schools. It is not likely that any member of either board ever looked at this book. They rely mostly on reviews by lobbyists for leftist publishers who have as their motives: promoting their leftist agenda to a captive audience of impressionable youngsters and making profits from taxpayers to further their agenda through other means.

It would be convenient to blame district administrators and teachers for allowing this situation to continue for five years. Such blame would be misplaced. Seven members of the Greenville County School Board can direct the Superintendent to do or not do anything they desire. They approve the hiring and firing, promotions and pay raises for employees. They challenge the board at their peril. Some have and they are unemployed.

If anyone cares, this incident should raise questions regarding what other false information is being taught Greenville County and South Carolina students.

About a decade ago, this writer obtained copies of and did a thorough review of a new set of K-12 health books being considered for adoption by the district. The review took many hours. The late Ann Southerlin was then a member of the board and also reviewed the books. All were by the same liberal authors and contained many items of false information regarding science, political issues and undermining parental authority. Each year the students got a stronger dose of leftist, environmentalist, and anti-American propaganda from the books that had little to do with health.

Mrs. Southerlin was very concerned and wanted to discuss the books before the board voted to adopt them. Eleven of her colleagues prevented her from discussing the books in public and they were adopted by a vote of 11 to 1.

The Times Examiner published the book review and a number of people complained and some pulled their children out of the schools, however many parents were dazzled about getting new schools and paid little attention to what their children were taught.