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.
You can read more articles at The Denver Post, CBS Denver (with video), and Colorado Public Radio.
Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.
Guys, THIS IS MY SCHOOL DISTRICT. I normally try to avoid giving an exact area where I live online, but THIS IS AFFECT MY FRIENDS, MY CLASSMATES, AND MYSELF.
Yesterday, my high school along with a few others staged a walk-out in protest (I was unable to participate since I am home sick). From what I’ve been told, most students went to the district offices, where the Superintendent is, to try and file a formal complaint and/or public protest about the proposed change. Today, I and my parents both received an email from the principal regarding the walk-out. It DID NOT address why there was a walk-out, treating the event as merely an incident caused by a few “troublesome students”. All that was said was that students are safest “in the classroom”, that if we had concerns we should talk with our parents, and that we shouldn’t listen to those “troublemakers” who “staged the walk-out” and stay in our classes.
Now, while I agree that some students would, in fact, be safer in the classrooms during a walk-out, (i.e., kids who are upset by changes in routine, are on crutches, etc.) the fact remains that these people are trying to stop us from knowing the truth - the good, the bad, and, yes, the ugly. America isn’t some perfect little utopia - you know it, I know it, and these broken bookmarks know it, too. We have fought and enslaved and beaten and killed and we’re still doing a lot of that today. It isn’t pretty, it sure as hell isn’t nice, but its our country, its our history, and goddamnit its our future if we don’t try to learn from it. By trying to hide the harder parts of our history, you are trying to forget some of the most important parts.
Please. I know you, tumblr. I’ve been here long enough to see us to great things…but I’ve also been here long enough to see us do terrible things, too. Yes, we got that boy his trip to Disney and we got that fluffy chicken and all that. But how many people have been driven away - been driven to suicide, even - because of anon hate on here? Please, please don’t let the JeffCo education system do this. Because if it starts here, you damn well know its going to spread. Soon, it won’t just be my school district. It will be yours, or your friends, or your child’s, or your cousins, neices, nephews.
But maybe, just maybe, we can stop it here. Maybe we can nip it in the bud and you’ll never have to worry about it happening in your town. But to do that, all of us in JeffCo need your support. Please. I’m a senior, so I don’t have too much to worry about personally, but I have friends who are younger than me who still have a few years until graduation. I have friends who are older than me and plan on starting a family soon - their kids deserve an honest education.
TL;DR: This is wrong and you know it and all of us in Colorado could use your support