Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:
Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.
According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:
Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”
This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!
You can sign the petition here.
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Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.
This will erase the history of people of color, of women, and of the poor. It will allow white men in positions of power to be heralded as the be-all end-all to the US’ development. That is an enormous step backward in history, and as a former master’s student of history I can say that this rich white man doing no wrong bullshit is exactly what’s been wrong with history for so long. The perspectives have been perspectives from the top looking down, from white men with money and political clout.
There are too few places in mainstream curriculum that people of color and other marginalized group are included, as is, much less in ways that emphasize the brutality and discrimination they have endured. Bills of this nature are damaging to the sense that our nation has flaws, that civil disobedience is VITAL, but it’s most damaging to children of color who will see people like themselves thrown out of the classroom as un-American and un-patriotic.