South Carolina Students Should Be Taught America’s Founding Documents


The REACH Act (S.35) sponsored by Senator Larry Grooms, is a common sense update to existing South Carolina Law.

For 95 years, South Carolina law has required public college students to complete a “one year” course and exam on the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers.

Disconcertingly, most colleges in South Carolina have chosen to violate this law, including one college president calling the law “archaic” and in need of “modernization.” S.35 modernizes the existing law by deleting the current law’s “loyalty” provision and reduces the current law’s “one year” course to a simple one semester, three credit hour course. These updates make the law even easier for state colleges to follow.

Various versions of this bill have been heard in eight Senate and House committee meetings, and in 2015, passed the House of Representatives 110-0. This bill has been vetted many times and its current form has been carefully crafted to accomplish the desired goal that college students learn our country’s founding documents.

Read from one former University of South Carolina student on why it’s important for this bill to be enforced here. Also, be sure to check out this letter from the South Carolina Southern Baptist Convention and this one from the South Carolina Catholic Conference urging the House Education and Public Works Committee to advance the bill.

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Joshua Putnam

Host of Faith and Family Statehouse Update