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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.

UPDATE: Over 40,000 people signed the petition, which was presented to the School Board, but this backlash to APUSH isn’t only happening in Colorado:

But at last week’s session of the Jefferson County Board of Education, hundreds of people lined up two hours in advance to get in. One man waved a copy of George Orwell’s “1984” at the board. Two high school students hauled in cardboard boxes containing 40,000 signatures to a petition they had circulated online. Another one told the five-member panel, “America was founded on what you are trying to prevent!”

Jefferson County has become ground zero for a new culture fight — this time over how to teach U.S. history to high-achieving 10th-graders.

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On Sept. 19, the Texas State Board of Education went on record against allowing the new AP curriculum framework in state classrooms. Legislators and activists in South Carolina and Tennessee are discussing similar moves. And at its summer meeting in August, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution branding the curriculum “a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”

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dailykos:

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell Congress to give Dr. Vivek Murthy a fair vote–http://wefb.it/B821CF

dailykos:

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell Congress to give Dr. Vivek Murthy a fair vote–http://wefb.it/B821CF

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workingamerica:

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workingamerica:

To answer your question, Elizabeth Warren, we have a problem with that.

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memegop:

‪#‎FanGate‬ is one of the funniest things ever to happen in politics, and the most revealing as well. ‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue‬ ‪#‎VoteBlue‬

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saveplanetearth:

The rise in sea levels seen in the last 150 years is unmatched by any period in the last 6,000 years. That’s the warning from researchers, who reconstructed 35,000 years of sea level changes, and warned the increase is “clearly the impact of rising temperatures.” @ tcktcktck

saveplanetearth:

The rise in sea levels seen in the last 150 years is unmatched by any period in the last 6,000 years. That’s the warning from researchers, who reconstructed 35,000 years of sea level changes, and warned the increase is “clearly the impact of rising temperatures.” @ tcktcktck

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upworthy:

Should More Teachers Be Like This? God, No. But Still, It’s Pretty Cool.

The point of this bizarre video is to inspire people who would like to see the United States become more competitive with other parts of the world in math and science. By showing the amazing effect STEM teachers can have on future generations, hopefully more math, science, tech, and engineering undergraduates and recent graduates will consider a career in these explosively educational fields.

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msnbc:

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msnbc:

Over the course of a lifetime, assuming she works full time, a woman will lose approximately $435,049 in earnings due to the wage gap. Multiply that by 69 million working women, and that’s an enormous sum of $29,811,746,430,000.

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