For decades now, the left has been trying to slowly infiltrate our school systems with their rhetoric and poorly researched “facts”. One of their biggest targets has been the Second Amendment. Armed with the belief that they can make kids anti-gun by forcing them to make guided arguments, they look to plant the seeds of distrust for guns anywhere they can.
In Fairfax County, Virginia a parent recently started taking that very fight to school for her fifth grader, who had been asked to do a persuasive essay going against the Second Amendment. The accompanying sample was filled to the brim with inaccurate statements, was poorly written, and struck the mother as something that was written by an adult acting like a kid.
Then again, Darcey Geissler is a family law attorney and mother of six. So she has seen plenty of kids’ writing, and adults trying to act like kids.
The assignment has the students reading this essay as it made its case for banning firearms nationwide, and then using a “neutral perspective” to determine if it made a convincing enough argument. According to school officials speaking to Fox Digital, this was an assignment to the fifth graders as part of their passive-writing unit. Apparently, to the school district, kids should be shown how to construct poorly worded arguments against our basic freedoms to be passive.
“Members of the NRA think that banning guns is violating the second amendment, the right to bear arms. This is true but what the NRA members don’t think about is that this right was established when everyone depended on guns for food, and defending their property. Guns were great when the constitution was written, but now they hinder instead of help. We must embrace the changes the future brings us for the common good, and ban guns from our country.”
For Geissler to see this as the school taking steps towards indoctrination instead of persuasive writing is completely correct. Aside from attempting to get the kids to become anti-gun, the “facts” they are using here are all wrong. People are still using guns for food, and to defend their property. This is a rather basic use for them, and one still common all over the country.
Even more to the point, it’s not like this is a part of Virginia that is far away from the county. People who live there occasionally enjoy hunting and fishing as well. From city slickers to the most rural farmer, people all over enjoy the idea of harvesting the meat that feeds the family. While not for everyone, it’s a big thing in Virginia.
These same people will use those guns to defend their property when needed. In the city, people still do this as well. So making the anti-gun argument here really has no basis, despite the paper trying to claim most people live in urban areas and have no need for them.
Geissler discussed learning to do persuasive writing in law school, and the importance it has. She went on to explain how professors would choose neutral topics, so the students would learn how to argue, without the argument itself clouding their judgment. This is the kind of concept the school should have adopted as well, but instead, they are more worried about placating Geissler.
“Students were asked to analyze this example essay from the neutral perspective of whether this piece of writing presented a convincing argument or not, and why. The school is working closely with the parent who complained about the assignment, so her concerns are addressed.”
This isn’t about addressing the concerns of one parent. This is about giving the children proper blocks of instruction, guidance, and training to grow up into well-rounded adults. This is about not trying to brainwash children into going against the very principles this country was founded on.