Wednesday, February 17, 2016

First Amendment Lesson

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of their grievances.
     How does one teach about freedom using someone else's script?
     She does so by reading the words already on the page in front of her...written by someone she will never lay eyes on.
     She doesn't look up except to make sure everyone's eyes are on her.
     She reads the words quietly, without too much expression...Blah, blah, blah...
     She isn't allowed to talk about her undergrad years in J-School, when she memorized it like a Bible verse from childhood. That discussion would be deemed  "unprofessional" and a waste of time.
     She can't say how much she loves the words, that they are poetry to her, nor can she discuss the fantastic minds that created something so beautiful and strong.
     It isn't in the script because the children aren't supposed to do anything with the words, except remember them long enough to fill in the little bubbles and then move on along to the next grade.