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Disagreement in a Colorado school district over whether the US history curriculum needs to be reviewed to ensure it doesn't "encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law" is at the root of students' and teachers' own demonstration of civil disobedience.
The board's concern over the AP US history course, meanwhile, reflects many conservatives' complaints that the new course, which was designed to give teachers more discretion over what they teach and to emphasize critical thinking skills, no longer teaches American exceptionalism, or gives as much weight to traditional events, and puts some American actions – like Manifest Destiny or the dropping of the atomic bomb in World War II .
After the College Board released a new framework for Advanced Placement U.S. History courses earlier this summer, conservative activists nationwide were outraged, arguing the framework encouraged the skewing of history. The Republican National Committee passed a resolution during its summer meeting condemning the framework, which it said "reflects a radically revisionist view" of history that emphasizes negative events and figures over positive ones. Activists also fumed that the altered framework is linked to the Common Core State Standards, which they see as heavy-handed government intervention in the classroom.
Any materials used in the course, the school board continued in its proposal, should not "encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law."
But the committee's oversight would extend to any text and curriculum – not just history. It would be permitted to bring "any objectionable materials" to the school board, which would have the power to take action.
"It has an emphasis on race, gender, class, ethnicity, grievance and American-bashing while simultaneously omitting the most basic structural and philosophical elements considered essential to the understanding of American history for generations," Williams said, noting figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr. are not explicitly mentioned in the framework.
originally posted by: InverseLookingGlass
a reply to: HardCorps
Being willfully ignorant is patriotic.
Being willing to exploit humans for profit is patriotic
Being willing to kill anyone/anything for a paycheck is patriotic.
Critical thinking and logic are not taught in primary school in the US. There is a very important reason for that.
If no one was willing to buy into the Team America narrative, for a measly paycheck, the empire would dissolve in a hurry.
That is, until battlebots are rolled out. It will only accelerate human extinction though.
originally posted by: Iamthatbish
I'm just wondering how many of those children understand what they're protesting. Make no mistake, I agree with History not being edited. I just don't think many kids can think more than a few steps ahead.
"If you have a committee of citizens who are not educators, not historians - who look at, say, an English literature curriculum and decide they don't like Huckleberry Finn - they can recommend to the board of education that Huckleberry Finn be removed from English literature curriculum," says Michele Patterson, president of the Jefferson County PTA. "This committee really opens the door to all kinds of potential censorship."
In Jefferson County, Colo., the school board wants to create a curriculum review committee that would adjust the new AP History framework to address conservatives' objections. The board, in a proposal to create the committee, said materials for the class should promote "citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights."