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Colorado Students Protest Against History Class Censorship

25 SEP 2014
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colorado students protest against history censorship

Materializing at the same time as Banned Books Week, Colorado students are out of school and on the streets protesting a different kind of censorship in their schools.

A conservative-led school board in Denver has proposed reforming American history classes with a more positive outlook on America in the past.  The new course material would promote “citizenship, patriotism and benefits of the free-market system” and not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike and disregard of the law”. The head of the proposal and school board member Julie Williams commented:

“There are things we may not be proud of as Americans. But we shouldn’t be encouraging our kids to think that America is a bad place.”

Commenters have called this “white-washing” of American history, and an attempt to cancel out events of our past. Many fear this could lead to an inflated sense of world standing and self-importance by a new generation of students. Many are questioning this as a politicizing of the educational system, and an attempt to impose propaganda upon impressionable youth.

Source: The Guardian