South Carolina bill would require colleges, universities to teach U.S. founding documents

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 11th, 2021 2:32 pm

Last Updated Apr 14th, 2021 at 8:17 pm

A South Carolina senate bill, which would require all higher education students to study U.S. founding documents, will be considered by the state house on Wednesday.

The bill authored by Sen. Larry Grooms (R) passed the state senate in March with a unanimous (45-0) roll call vote.

If passed by the house, it would require college and university students to take a three-credit-hour class on American history, American government, or an equivalent course that requires reading the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation at minimum.

The bill effectively updates an existing state law that requires colleges and universities to teach a year-long course on America's founding documents. Supporters of the bill say the current law is not strictly enforced.

Not everyone supports the bill's passage.

"What [the bill is] saying is that we want to indoctrinate college students on their dime to what we think is important," State Rep. Michael Rivers (D) said in objection to the bill. "If you in college and you ain't learning this stuff yet, it's kind of late. ... This [bill] is just blowing smoke."


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