January 27th , 2014 9:25 am Leave a comment

Rep. Hill: It’s time for history lessons

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History teachers may currently touch on the topic, but District 3 state Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Blountville, says it’s one that needs to be fully mandated and tracked by the state.

Hill has sponsored a bill that would require  some Tennessee teachers to include historical documents like the Declaration of Independence in their lesson plans.

Rep. Timothy Hill has sponsored a bill that would require some Tennessee teachers to include historical documents like the Declaration of Independence in their lesson plan.

Hill’s legislation, which had its origins in Johnson County, would make it mandatory for all Tennessee schools to teach students about the nation’s heritage as it was recorded through historical documents.

“The intent of the legislation requires that the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as other American historic foundational documents be taught in Tennessee public schools,” Hill said. “It’s a constituent-driven piece of legislation.”

Hill hopes HB1129 will keep the instruction of documents like the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights from being omitted to make room for other education requirements.

“It is being done in some classrooms and that’s great,” Hill said. “The intent of the legislation is threefold.”

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