Homework assignment pits students against parents in Revolutionary War redux

A high school assigned homework to students on the “Declaration of Independence” that included the option of declaring their “independence” from their parents and authority.

Many Americans are intimately familiar with the “Declaration of Independence” as penned by Thomas Jefferson since it is one of the pivotal founding documents our country is based upon.

The history of the “Declaration of Independence” is taught in many, many high schools. However, in Gorham, Maine, a progressive public high school homework assignment added a twist. Students were told to write an assignment for “My Declaration of Independence,” which provided options to declare independence from parents and other forms of authority.

Fox News Digital got a hold of all student assignments that were handed out by teacher Sara Hampton in the 2022-2023 school year through a public record request. She is a high school social studies teacher and the assignment took place in one of her classes.

“The social studies course reviewed ‘institutionalized racism’ and provided the ‘evidence’ for ‘systemic racism.’ It also probed students on their supposed internal prejudice,” Fox News reported. “There were also questions that directed students to confess their supposed internal ‘unconscious biases.'”

“The course asked students questions like, ‘Why is it likely that most Americans, even women, are sexist?’ and ‘What can you assume about your unconscious biases? What are some biases that you are aware of that you have?'” the media outlet continued.

Another question asked was “Why do we often act defensively when confronted with our unconscious biases?”

The assignment continued to veer left by telling the students to declare independence from “problematic” things in their lives. One of those things was their parents.

“Now is your chance to officially declare yourself independent from something… anything!” the description of the assignment told the students. “Think of something that is problematic for you in your life. Free yourself from whatever is causing you stress, making you unhappy, something with which you struggle or is difficult for you to deal with.”

The school is not commenting on the assignment which says a lot all by itself.

Conservative education activist Shawn McBreairty was the first one to catch the egregious assignment and expose it.

For context, from the Bill of Rights Institute:

The Declaration contained 3 sections: a general statement of natural rights theory and the purpose of government; a list of grievances against the British King; and the declaration of independence from England. More than 20 years later, the Second, Third, Fourth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution would contain prohibitions against the government to prevent the same forms of tyranny as were listed as grievances. Jefferson’s writing was influenced by George Mason’s Virginia Declaration of Rights, as well as by his study of natural rights theory and the writings of John Locke, including Two Treatises of Government. Franklin and Adams edited Jefferson’s draft, and the final document was presented to Congress about two weeks later.

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from England. Congress made several changes to Jefferson’s draft, including removing references condemning slavery. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted. John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed it that day. The rest of the Congress signed two months later. By affixing their names to the document, the signers courageously pledged to each other their “‘lives … fortunes … and sacred honor.”


Hampton taught another class that instructed students on forming their “political identity.”

“This class is designed to help students navigate the politics of America by learning the means by which democratic systems take place in our country. By understanding media bias and polarization, students will be able to better understand the facts that are often hidden behind agendas. This course… will help lead to students forming their own political identity,” the course description claimed.

Many parents would find the twisting of the “Declaration of Independence” by this teacher abhorrent… if they knew about it.

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