A new 8th Grade requirement in Social Studies was handed out to students at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas, Oregon. Students are required to perform 12 hours of Community Service per Semester.
While promoting Community Service would normally be a good thing, it is not in this instance. It is not the Government’s Job.
A very troubling section of the assignment is the Scoring Rubric.
Very Strange Grading System.
If a student completes less than five hours, they receive an assessment of “Menace to Society”. Between Five and Eight Hours, a student would receive the grade of “Apathetic Bystander”. A student would receive an Assessment of “Good Citizen” if the complete nine to eleven hours. And if you complete 12 hours or more, a student is a “Civil Servant”. Sounds like promoting service to the State.
But the piece de resistance is the required content for the essay a student is required to write.
“What Purpose of Government (In BOLD)(As stated in the Preamble) did your service help to accomplish?”
Ah…the real objective. The Collective. Marxism.
I know exactly what part of the Preamble it means. Progressives, Liberals, Marxists or whatever other name they want use, have been using the terms in the Preamble “promote the general Welfare” to argue for increasing the scope of the Federal Government. But it is nothing more than social engineering and redistribution of wealth. Two very key concepts of Marxism.
What does this “promote the general Welfare” mean? I will defer to James Madison himself.
“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions.” James Madison, “Letter to Edmund Pendleton,” -James Madison, January 21, 1792, in The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, Robert A Rutland et. al., ed (Charlottesvile: University Press of Virginia,1984).
James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, elaborated upon this limitation in a letter to James Robertson: “With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
Madison’s words speak for themselves.
This is the Full Assignment: