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.
Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.
At the end of the day, I have to agree with this.
I don’t know Spanish, I’m a 4th generation and have no idea where exactly my lineage comes from, and I’ve never been to Mexico even tho I live 2 hours away from the border.
Everything I know is American.
But that doesn’t mean I’m stepping on people who consider themselves Mexican or any other ethnicity that lives in America. And it also doesn’t mean I don’t respect my ancestors and all their trials and tribulations.
It just means that I recognize that my people are from Mexico, but I am an American.
And please, don’t come at me with “white-washed” or “colonized” because that may be true to a certain extent, I’m not going to be ungrateful and act like I don’t like all the advantages America has given me. BUT KNOW I AM WELL AWARE OF THE DISADVANTAGES AMERICA HAS.
To me, when I claim to be Mexican-American, I feel like those people who wear band T-shits and know nothing about the band and hasn’t been to any of their concerts.
I’m fake claiming shit and I feel more comfortable by just saying I’m American.
side note: I also feel like if more PoC claim to be just American, more white people will stop claiming their 16 different ethnicities and just say American too.
Oh, and don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to convince everyone to stop claiming their heritage and just say they are American. I’m not. My point is: I think America has been around long enough for people to choose to stop claiming where their lineage came from by adding “________-American” and just say they are American.
^^bravo and ditto