Students that are hoping to save time and money often take advanced placement exams allowing them to skip basic "100-level" university courses. To prepare for those tests, they often study texts that cover the major points the "AP" exams cover, especially focusing on the angle the tests take so the students will answer the test questions correctly.
United States History: Preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam, written by John J. Newman and John M. Schmalbach is one of those acceptable exam prep texts, which, according to Amazon.com "presents the history of the United States from pre-Columbian times to the Obama administration."
Students familiar with the U.S. Constitution have been stunned at Newman and Schmalbach's section on the Bill of Rights and what the authors say is the correct interpretation of each, especially the First and Second, pointed to in a photo circulating on the web:
The authors write:
First Amendment. Congress may make no laws that infringe a citizen's right to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Congress may not favor one religion over another (separation of church and state).
The Second Amendment. The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.
If the authors are correct, the acceptable answers for advanced placement exams contain sections that are not in the Constitution's wording. The concept of separation of church and state is from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptists to explain his own interpretation of the First Amendment. It is not in the original wording as the authors say it is.
And the Second Amendment grants people the right to keep and beaer arms - and does not limit that right to those within a state militia.
The discussion of federal standards that is catching fire over the Obama Administration's "Common Core" standards is likely to be stoked with visual proof of how the next generation is being taught about their Constitutional rights.