Denton ISD Father Objects to Rewording of Bill of Rights in AP Materials

Sep 28, 2013 by

by Donna Garner

People in the Denton ISD have found out that their Advanced Placement (AP) students are being taught “revisionist history” in which the AP materials have summarized the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights to say: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”  The actual Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights 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.”


Clearly, the AP summary version indicates to students that only people in a state militia have the right to bear arms.  This is obviously an attempt by AP to influence students’ thinking about the issue of gun control.


When a father (Sean Getts) in Denton ISD learned about this revisionist wording from his daughter, he contacted his daughter’s school.  Eventually he ended up at the Denton ISD School Board meeting where he was told that the objectionable AP materials were only supplementary.


To this, Sean Getts responded, “Why does my daughter leave the state-approved textbook at home [American Pageant] with instructions to bring the supplement to class every day?…” (9.26.13 article written by Britney Tabor in the Denton Record-Chronicle — )


As a classroom teacher who taught for more than 33 years, I have always been concerned about Advanced Placement instructional materials (IM’s) because most AP teachers utilize IM’s that have not passed through the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) adoption process. That said, AP has been one of the few programs in our public schools that has maintained high academic standards over the years.


Unfortunately, AP is changing before our eyes.  David Coleman is the new president of The College Board. The College Board controls Advanced Placement and the SAT.  David Coleman is a huge supporter of Obama’s, and Coleman’s own company earned $6.5 million early-on from writing national standards.


Coleman has already stated that he is going to change the SAT so that it is aligned with the Obama administration’s Common Core Standards (CCS).  The CCS is the Obama administration’s takeover of the public schools to indoctrinate our school children into the social justice agenda (Type #2).  It is the Type #1 philosophy of education that has made America great – not Type #2.


Please see chart:


David Coleman is the main writer of the Common Core English Standards (i.e., Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects).


David Coleman has never spent a day in his life teaching English in K-12.


The Common Core Standards (Math and English):


Have never been voted on by Congress but have already used up well over $6 Billion in federal funds.  


Have never been piloted with real students in real classrooms.


Are developmentally inappropriate for young children (


Have not been internationally benchmarked.  


In fact, the Common Core Standards are a huge, vastly expensive experiment using our nation’s children to implement the social justice agenda (Type #2) to change the direction of our country as we know it.


Therefore, what is occurring in Denton ISD with the Advanced Placement instructional materials rewording of the Bill of Rights is the coming trend under Obama and David Coleman.


I am proud of the people who voiced their deep concerns at the Denton ISD School Board meeting, and people all over this country must do the same thing to keep generations of children from being indoctrinated into the Type #2 philosophy of education.


Texas is the only state in the nation whose elected members of the SBOE wrote, adopted, and passed Type #1 curriculum standards (TEKS).  The STAAR/End-of-Course tests are built upon the Type #1 TEKS.


HB 5 and HB 866 passed by the 83rd Legislative Session have weakened our “measuring stick” – the STAAR/EOC’s, making it very difficult now for the public to hold educators accountable to teach Type #1 rather than Type #2.  However, under Texas law, all public school students are to be taught the Type #1 TEKS.


AP used to focus mostly on Type #1; but under David Coleman, a shift to Type #2 is occurring.


Parents are going to have to stay alert and equip their children to be wary. When AP instructional materials move into Type #2 content, students and their parents must speak out.


In Texas we still have locally elected school board members, and there are still public forums in which concerned people can express their views.


Sean Getts, the father who first brought the AP materials to light, has done a great service not just to protect his own child from misinformation but also to protect children all around the country whose IM’s are deliberately “rewriting history.”


Britney Tabor, reporter for the Denton Record-Chronicle, did a good job of reporting on the Denton ISD School Board meeting.


Now, the important thing is for the public to sustain their concerns and not to allow the school administrators to think this incident is a “flash in the pan.”


Parents who want their children to be educated instead of indoctrinated are going to have to stay eternally vigilant. They need to take their concerns to the classroom teacher, to the principal, to the superintendent, to the school board, to the news media, and to the social media.


Other parents around the country are voicing their concerns publicly, but the good news is that valuable resources are available so that people do not have to start their research from scratch. Here are some helpful links:


9.24.13 –“One Pager – Research on Common Core Standards”

Compiled by Donna Garner —




9.11.13 – “Porn at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona: Common Core” – by Donna Garner —




9.11.13 – PODCAST – “Porn at Buena High, Sierra Vista, Arizona: Common Core”  —  Alice Linahan Community Conversations




9.13.13 — “UPDATE:  Common Core Porn Novel” – by Donna Garner —

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