Proos supports teaching America’s heritage

LANSING — Sen. John Proos is supporting a measure that would allow teachers in all Michigan K-12 schools to use unedited versions of America’s founding documents for grade-level instruction.

“Our schools play a vital role in developing good citizens and promoting an understanding of America’s system of government and our founding ideals,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I believe our students need social studies education focused on the principles at the heart of our founding, such as those outlined in the Declaration of Independence. That is why I support Senate Bill 120. It will help us foster an appreciation of American liberty in all Michigan students.”

Under SB 120, a local K-12 school, an Intermediate School District (ISD) or a public charter school would have to allow grade-level instruction on America’s founding documents, including those on America’s representative form of limited government, the Bill of Rights, the free-market economic system and patriotism. 

The bill also would ensure that when historical documents that mention God, faith or religion are presented to students as part of instruction on U.S. or Michigan history, the documents will not be abridged in any way.

“American history is filled with patriots who risked their lives and often died to defend our nation’s founding ideals, and every Southwest Michigan student deserves to know about those principles — free from censorship,” Proos said. “The Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Michigan Constitution are the cornerstones of our country and our state. To not allow teachers to include them in instruction or to allow school officials to selectively edit them is unacceptable and a disservice to all Americans.”

Proos also supports SB 121, which would designate September 11 through 17 as “Patriot Week” and encourage Michigan K-12 schools to participate in the week with instruction that promotes an understanding of American history and the nation’s founding principles.

Both bills have been referred to the full Senate for consideration.


Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s website at Click on “Podcasts.”