I will say that it is always a good thing to teach our children about the way government works and about American history. There is a plan by the Federal government to use your kids in the 2010 census:
The school effort is more ambitious than in 2000, the last time the government set out to count everyone. At that time, teachers had to request the material and it was available only in print. Now, the kits and lessons will arrive in every school and lesson plans can be downloaded online, where they will be available in 28 languages.
Okay – still not entirely bad. I think the kids need to understand the census as it relates to apportionatement of representatives.
The Constitution mandates a complete population count every 10 years. The tally — down to the city block — helps redraw political boundaries and determine states’ representation in Congress and the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds to state and local governments every year.
Well – that’s correct also – it should ONLY be a population count. But, given what we learned earlier about the plans for the 2010 Census – which is to also count the number of toilets, TV’s, and cars in your home in addition to asking such things as what time do you leave for work and when do you get home – these are entirely unconstitutional questions.
The warning for all of you out there with children in public schools – when your kids do come home with these kids – look through them very carefully. Teach your children what the constitution says about the census and make sure they understand the constitution only allows the government to ask how many people live in the home. The government is not allowed to have any information beyond that. Please make sure your kids don’t answer any of the other questions – and – if the teachers try to pressure them, make sure you have a little chat with your kids’ teachers as well.
Just one more time for your information – here is what the Article 1, Sec 2 of the constitution states:
(Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.) (The previous sentence in parentheses was modified by the 14th Amendment, section 2.) The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.