Mesa Arizona teacher “revised” the Declaration of Independence to fit personal political ideology.
Elementary school students in Mesa, Arizona, were forced to recite a gender neutral version of the Declaration of Independence after their teacher “revised” the historical document to fit personal political ideology.
The teacher “transformed” the document by replacing the word “man” with “human” and then forced the class to recite the revised version. This startling occurrence was made public after a mother of a student who attends Salk Elementary School complained to school administrators after she found out her child had been involved. Amazingly, school officials first told the parent that she had “hurt the feelings” towards the teacher involved and it was the parents fault for being upset in the first place. Eventually school officials, most likely fearing a massive backlash, reversed their tone and called the parent to inform them that what was done by the teacher was against school policy.
On Wednesday, the Mesa School superintendent’s office contacted her to tell her what the teacher did was against school policy.
A Mesa Public Schools spokeswoman says they have policies in place when it comes to school ceremonies which includes reciting the Declaration of Independence.
The school also released an official statement:
It should be recited as written, and not modified in any way. School administration, when learning of the alteration to the text, provided feedback and guidance to the teacher to restore the document to its original format. There is not a specific reference in policy to the discussion of political beliefs by a teacher in a classroom, however in practice the district does not allow teachers to share their political views with students.
Although something like this may have been shocking in the past, at this point in time it is seemingly par for the course when it comes to individuals who believe it is their right and job to spread their ideology not only to the public at large, but specifically to young children.