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A new theme of laws in the United States appears to be geared towards teaching students how to properly submit to police by teaching them how to “interact” with the officers they encounter—and it could start with children as young as 5 years old.

In Texas, Gov. Gregg Abbott signed Senate Bill 30 into law, requiring “certain public school students” to study a curriculum that teaches them how to interact with police officers. The new law goes into effect on Sept. 1.

“The commission by rule shall require that information relating to law enforcement procedures for traffic stops be included in the curriculum of each driver education course and driving safety course. The curriculum must include: a demonstration of the proper actions to be taken during a traffic stop; and information regarding: the role of law enforcement and the duties and responsibilities of peace officers; a person ’s rights concerning interactions with peace officers; proper behavior for civilians and peace officers during interactions.” 

The curriculum will be created by the State Board of Education and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and it will focus on students in grades 9-12. It will also include a civilian interaction training program for peace officers, and additional instruction on interacting with police for driver education and safety courses.

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The law comes after high profile cases such as the death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old woman who was pulled over for allegedly changing lanes improperly, arrested, and then found dead in her jail cell three days later. There are still several questions surrounding the circumstances that led up to her death—from why she was arrested for such a minor infraction, to why the Dashcam video released by police was heavily edited.

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In New Jersey, the state assembly gave unanimous support to a bill that would start teaching children how to “interact” with police as early as kindergarten. Assembly Bill A1114 passed with a vote of 76-0 on Thursday.

While the initial version of the bill focused on teaching schoolchildren about “the role and responsibilities of a law enforcement official in providing for public safety; and an individual’s responsibilities to comply with a directive from a law enforcement official,” an amended version includes “an individual’s rights under law in interacting with a law enforcement official.”

“As amended, this bill requires school districts to provide instruction on interacting with law enforcement in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect, and on the rights of individuals when interacting with a law enforcement official, as part of the implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Social Studies, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.”

The bill would create two sections of curriculum—one for kindergarten to 4th grade, and one for 5th to 12th grade. The amended version puts the responsibility on the Department of Education to work with an advisory committee, in order to finalize the curriculum.

“The bill directs the Commissioner of Education to appoint an advisory committee to assist in the development of a curriculum for the implementation of the instructional requirement, and details the organizations that are to serve on the advisory committee.”

The New Jersey bill will now go to the state senate for approval.

While this new theme of legislation is still in its early stages, it raises some serious concerns. One of the main ways advocates are gaining support is by pointing out that the legislation includes sections that teach students about their rights when interacting with police. But it begs the question—why is this not already implemented in the education system, and why has it just now become increasingly important, only when other parts of the legislation have come under scrutiny?

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There is also a major problem with the fact that the states looking to pass this legislation are lobbying for curriculum that has yet to be created, but that will directly influence children. When it is created, it will be done so by the state, with little input from parents and community members.

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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • Damiana

    This shit actually started YEARS ago, when they decided to put cops in every hallway. It was never about “safety.” It was always about acclimating people to the upcoming Police State.

  • Valli

    Hey New Jersey, “mutual respect” means the cops have to respect the people too

    • Singing Whale

      That’s right. Cuts both ways.

  • LowellST13

    My Parents were the ones, who taught me how to act. If I acted poorly they would chasten and correct my behavior. The indoctrination by the failed public school system is lunacy. They no longer Educate they indoctrinate. This will allow the police state to take over much easier when the time comes…. I for one will protect my family and my liberties….

  • LowellST13

    When I was involved in Law Enforcement I used respect when dealing with individuals first, When I performed my duties correctly as a Citizen Law Enforcement officer, I had very few problems with fellow citizens. That being said the Job is hard and dangerous, My Uncle a Policeofficer was shot and paralyzed and eventually succumbed to his injuries. So God Bless and my prayers for all the Men and Women in Uniform, remember you are also citizen officers. You are not better than the rest of us, just in a more dangerous occupation. Be Safe and Be Constiutional

    • Dan Quixoté

      They’re not in a “more dangerous occupation”, only the most fatally paranoid occupation. There are 17 more fatal occupations than policing. Latest stats available from Bureau of Labor Statistics, in occupational death rates per 100,000 person-years worked:

      1. Logging workers 132.7
      2. Fishers and related fishing workers
      54.8
      3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
      40.4
      4. Roofers 39.7
      5. Garbageman (“Refuse and recyclable material collectors”) 38.8
      6. Structural iron and steel workers
      29.8
      7. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
      24.3
      8. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers
      22.0
      9. Miscellaneous agricultural workers
      20.6
      10. Electrical power-line installers and repairers
      20.5
      11. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers
      18.1
      12. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
      16.1
      13. Construction laborers
      15.6
      14. Grounds maintenance workers
      15.0
      15. Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
      13.4
      16. Maintenance and repair workers, general
      12.7
      17. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers
      12.6
      18. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers
      11.7

      https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm#rates

    • Ed

      The whole good cop/bad cop question can be disposed of much more decisively. We need not enumerate what proportion of cops appears to be good or listen to someone’s anecdote about his Uncle Charlie, an allegedly good cop. We need only consider the following: (1) a cop’s job is to enforce the laws, all of them; (2) many of the laws are manifestly unjust, and some are even cruel and wicked; (3) therefore every cop has agreed to act as an enforcer for laws that are manifestly unjust or even cruel and wicked. There are no good cops. ~Robert Higgs

      • LowellST13

        Well, Ed I feel sorry for you to lump everyone in the same bunch. I have seen bad and good in every group of people. NOT EVERYONE in every demographic is either bad or good. Everyone should be judged by their own Merit. All I know is I am Glad I am one of GOD’S children, wouldn’t want to live without HIM or our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

  • Ed

    With the State writing the curriculum, our kids will learn to lie face down with their hands behind their back whenever a cop speaks! Well lets see how that works?
    Cop: Hey Johnnie!
    Johnnie: lying on the ground with his hands behind his back, YES SIR!

  • DaveBeaulieu

    “Peace Officers?” Whats that?

  • Steve Rusk

    Boot licking 101, appears that it’s going to be a required subject. How many credits do you get for taking it?

  • billdeserthills

    It’s about time and while they’re at it they can call the nra and have the Eddy Eagle program to teach kids proper gun safety

    • Rob W

      Take responsibility for yourself.

      • billdeserthills

        Unfortunately we have all seen just how well that works–
        It Doesn’t

  • Rob W

    These programs will need active opposition. My kids get the real scoop.

  • Ed

    Homeschool.
    “And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.” ~ H.L. Mencken

    “Governments have ever been known to hold a high hand over the education of the people. They know, better than anyone else, that their power is based almost entirely on the school. Hence, they monopolize it more and more.” ~ Francisco Ferrer

    There exists zero evidence that “congress” has any authority over anybody that doesn’t want it. There exists zero evidence that “laws” apply to anyone who doesn’t agree to obey them. Unless a police officer knows that you’ve agreed to obey his/her gang’s laws/codes the officer should not be bothering you.

  • Черный и желтый флаг

    Texas is a statist/progressive hell hole still stuck in the prohibition era.