The Ohio legislature wants to mandate what’s on school reading lists.
According to the Dispatch, the House passed a bill that will require schools to teach and test students on the documents central to American history. It’s all the big names you’d expect: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers, the Ohio Constitution, and the Northwest Ordinance. Under the bill, students would get acquainted with the Founding Docs as early as fourth grade.
The bill was pushed by the Ohio Christian Alliance, a “pro-life, pro-family” group aimed at training “Christian leaders for effective social and political action,” and defending “the legal rights of Christians against an ever-growing anti-Christian bias.”
It was proposed by Republicans and challenged in debate by Democrats, who brought some innocuous criticisms, including changing the words “original documents” to “historical documents.” That got shot down.
The bill passed 62-31.
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