Target: Superintendent of Jefferson County Board of Education, Dan McMinimee
Goal: Stop pushing biased, conservative history curriculum in high schools
Students from two high schools in Jefferson County, Colorado walked out of class in protest of a new curriculum. Pushed by conservatives, the plan is designed to teach students about patriotism, appreciate the free-market trade, and not to incite civil unrest or disobedience. The curriculum is specifically targeting Advanced Placement History. These changes sparked outrage from students and teachers who are concerned about political bias and of the the county board silencing the student body. This cannot happen, and Superintendent Dan McMinimee must know this.
Jefferson County is Colorado’s second largest school district, where hundreds of students walked out of their classroom and teachers didn’t come to work. The new proposal is led by a conservative party, and the curriculum would make students respect authority, act patriotic, and not be prone to civil disobedience. Many of the students and teachers felt wronged by this proposal, stating that the foundation of the country was made through protests and civil unrest. The schools are also concerned about political bias and the sweeping away of shameful events in American history. Such events include the genocide of Native Americans, slavery, racism, sexism, and a plethora of other problems. Students have a right to know what happened in America’s history and do not wish for their education to be censored.
The students who stormed out of their classrooms were given unexcused absences and not punished for participating in the protests. The school board will be conferring about what will be included in the course material, and assured students and teachers that the information would give a balanced view of American history. We must hold Superintendent Dan McMinimee to this promise, as the youth of today are our country’s future.
Dear Superintendent Dan McMinimee,
News outlets are buzzing with the latest protests that took place in your county’s schools. Students left their classrooms and protested against a curriculum that they felt was going to be biased and censored. Teachers participated in a sick-out to express their outrage. One teacher was infuriated at the fact that people outside of the schoolroom could make such drastic decisions without consulting the teachers or students.
Censorship should not exist in our textbooks, especially when students are taking Advanced Placement courses. These courses are supposed to be college level, and events in history shouldn’t be clouded over or swept under the rug. The students have a right to know what happened in American history and this new curriculum is not giving them this right. I demand that you give the students in Jefferson County a clear and truthful picture of what happened in America.
[Your Name Here]
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