The current article presents a construct that has served as the perspective by which civic education and government courses have been taught in American secondary schools. The author explains the construct of natural rights. The author's purpose here is pointing out the elements of the natural rights construct and critiquing its effects on the teaching of civics and government. Then, the author outlines the moral element and theoretical and curricular elements of the natural rights construct . Finally, the author provides a critique of the natural rights perspective.