Truth in Education and Media Amendment

Truth in Education and Truth in Media are two ideas which have been floating around for close to 50 years.  They’ve not had much success.  Perhaps by simplifying and combining the concepts, we might get more traction.

Link to original proposal.

Original Wording:

Section 1:  “America’s educational institutions have a unique importance to the American people.  It is the right of American citizens to receive from their private and public educational institutions accurate accounts of America’s history and academic subjects that is not intentionally false, or intentionally misleading, or deliberately distorted.  This right is foundational to a free people.

Section 2:  “To secure the rights of citizens it is hereby prohibited for any educational institution, whether an individual or organization, whether private or public, to intentionally teach to students or to the American public false, misleading or distorted information on any and all subjects.  The provisions of this Article are enforceable within the United States which shall include the Several States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the territories and possessions of the United States.

Section 3:  “Congress shall have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of the Article.

My Wording:

“It is the right of American citizens to receive from their private and public educational institutions and paid sources of news media accurate accounts of America’s history and academic subjects.  This right is foundational to a free people.  Unless specifically, clearly, and conspicuously labeled as “Fiction,” no printed, work shall contain any false, misleading or distorted information.  This applies to all paid-for (work for hire) published media, whether television, radio, Internet, public or private school from pre-kindergarten through post-graduate, and covers any and all subjects.  The provisions of this Article are enforceable throughout the entire United States, as well as it’s territories, possessions, and commonwealths.  Congress shall have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of the Article.”