[ View the story "Colorado students cry 'censorship' over proposal to remove civil disobedience from US history curriculum" on Storify] Colorado students cry 'censorship' over proposal to remove civil disobedience from US history curriculum High school students stage walkout after county school board considers shifting focus away from protests in history.
The Stream· Wed, Sep 24 2014 17:09:55
Materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights. 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. Content pertaining to political and social movements in history should present balanced and factual treatment of the positions.blogs.westword.com
Students, upset by the limits of the proposed curriculum, walked out of their classes on Tuesday.
There was a walk-out in Jeffco today in protest of the history censorship and this was my whole class....
Twitter users expressed their support for the boycotting students and mocked the school board with the hashtag
, which was
more than 2,700 times.
"Civil disobedience has never accomplished anything positive", said no intelligent American ever. #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistoryAriel Roselle
Without "civil disobedience", social strife, etc, there is no US history. What are they thinking? #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory#AshleiShannon
Kids #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory wanted to indoctrinate are instead protesting & learning the importance of civil disobedience #copoliticsLaura Chapin
Many imagined how the school board's panel would teach crucial moments of civil disobedience in US history.
1920-women finally ask nicely like ladies & are granted the right to vote. #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistoryPeg Perl
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a person...probably. This is not confirmed. #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistoryLazlo Panaflex
These lucky people are getting free perfume spritzes, just like at Macys. #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory #copolitics
Others took issue with the school board's emphasis on the "benefits of the free enterprise system," criticising the concept of the "American dream" where anything is attainable through hard work.
And on the third day, God created bootstraps, so you could pull yourself up by them #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistoryPinky
You kids have so many opportunities if you're privileged. If you're not, try harder to be privileged. #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory #copoliticsNorma
Thomas Jefferson wrote "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the money of corporations." #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistoryPeter Bockenthien