Senator Singleton Considers the Impact on NJ of Jan. 6th Sedition at U.S. Capitol

Senator Singleton discusses civic education.

The sponsor of legislation to intensify civics education in New Jersey’s public schools, state Senator Troy Singleton (D-7) addressed the seditious riot by a mob at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6th, and contextualized the country’s and state’s problems going forward.

From S-854, scheduled for a Jn. 21st hearing:

The bill amends current law that requires the State Department of Education to prepare curriculum guidelines for the teaching of civics for use by local school boards in implementing the required two-year high school course of study in the history of the United States.  The bill now directs the New Jersey Center for Civic Education at Rutgers University to prepare curriculum guidelines and also provide professional development for high school social studies teachers in fulfilling the requirement of integrating civics, economics, and the history of New Jersey into the United States history course.

The bill requires the provision of civics instruction to middle school pupils in public schools.  Current law requires a course of study in civics, geography, and the history of New Jersey to be provided to public school elementary students, but no similar requirement exists for middle school pupils.  Under the bill, beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, each board of education is required to provide a course of study about the values and principles underlying the American system of constitutional democracy, the function and limitations of government, and the role of a citizen in a democratic society.  The course is to be taken by all pupils in an appropriate middle school grade.  The course of study must include a minimum of two quarters of instruction, or the equivalent.

The bill also directs that the New Jersey Center for Civic Education will provide a clearinghouse of materials, an online resource center, technical assistance, professional development and any other activities to encourage the integration of civics, economics, and New Jersey history in the required high school course in the history of the United States and to enhance the teaching of civics in middle school required pursuant to the bill.

The Legislature is to annually appropriate funds to the New Jersey Center for Civic Education to effectuate the bill’s purposes.

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One response to “Senator Singleton Considers the Impact on NJ of Jan. 6th Sedition at U.S. Capitol”

  1. I will just let Alan Dershowitz speak on the now topic raging in some circles on the question of impeaching a President AFTER he leaves office. I have already spoken elsewhere partly on how the capitol was left so unprotected even after it was known that some were threatening problems and some seemed to be so ready to film the event. ‘Impeachment Is Unconstitutional’ Dershowitz Tells Fox News
    Jan. 18 (EIRNS)—Speaking with Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Jan. 17, civil rights and constitutional law attorney Alan Dershowitz said that the whole impeachment show is unconstitutional. “Congress can’t put citizen Trump on trial after he leaves office. This would set no limits on the power of the Senate to try ordinary citizens.” Dershowitz further stated that the power to remove someone from office through impeachment requires that the individual be guilty of a crime or criminal behavior. He pointed to the 1876 attempted impeachment of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, which was thrown out on that premise, i.e., that he had not been not accused of any crime. Dershowitz indicated he would make the same argument for Mr. Trump if the impeachment goes to a Senate trial.

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