Jeffco Students Prove They Are The Future By Refusing To Whitewash The Past

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Hundreds of students walked out of at least five Jefferson County schools in suburban Denver yesterday to protest what they think is the school board’s attempt to whitewash history, with proposed revisions to the AP history course that encourage censorship and discourage civil disobedience. It’s poetic that the students are protesting these proposed changes with civil disobedience themselves.

From ABC 7 Denver:

About 200 students walked out of Pomona High School in Arvada at 8:30 a.m. gathering at Wadsworth Boulevard, 7NEWS Reporter Tyler Lopez tweeted.

“My daughter and her friends at 80th and Wadsworth. Fighting for education. Pomona High School,” Robin Reed Johnson posted on theDenver Channel’s Facebook page.

Around 9:40 a.m. about 300 students at Arvada West walked out, holding signs and chanting as they marched along the sidewalk and stood along the street.

The students are protesting a proposed curriculum review in Jefferson County that could revise AP U.S. History courses. The revisions would include promoting “positive” aspects of U.S. history and heritage, while avoiding teaching certain material — mostly that deals with civil disobedience. The kids are not having it. Here’s what some of them had to say about it:

“Our entire history, things that changed America for the better, were acts of civil disobedience,” said Debbie Velarde, a junior at Wheat Ridge High School which also had a smaller walk out of about 40 students. “The Declaration of Independence was an act of civil disobedience.”An idea is to censor U.S. history so they can’t talk about some of the negatives, or they don’t want to talk about civil disobedience, which is censorship,” said Arvada West junior Cuttitta. “And censorship’s communism, censorship’s national socialism, censorship is terrible.”

These kids are giving me hope for the future.

I have admittedly been confused about the changes to this AP History course and what it means for students. People seem to be protesting the fact that the course leaves out very crucial parts of American History — including omitting “discussion of the U. S. military (no battles, commanders, or heroes) and omits many other individuals, groups, and events that greatly shaped our nation’s history (for example, Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Tuskegee Airmen, [and] the Holocaust.”

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