It’s impossible to look upon the Colorado student protests over proposed guidelines that would ensure that educational materials “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights”and that they do not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law,” with anything besides pride — unless you’re the three members of the conservative-heavy Jefferson County school board that wants to dumb down, censor, and propagandize (for starters) AP History classes.
After teachers staged a “sick-out” last Friday, calling in ill to fight against, among other things, an effort to sculpt Colorado’s youth into mindless Tea Party drones. Students joined the fight on Monday, with thousands walking out of classes in a demonstration of exactly what the conservatives on the JeffCo school board wish to discourage: free thought and a fight for their rights.
The student demonstrations have extended past their the fourth day, and show no signs of stopping until they are sure that their education will not face right-wing tampering. On Thursday, thousands of students lined the streets, many sporting American flags and signs with patriotic slogans. Some even stripped off their clothing and challenged the school board to “censor this!”
The school district is very supportive of students’ concerns. Superintendent Dan McMinimee has offered to meet with any students who wish to speak about the low education standards proposed by Julie Williams, one-third of the conservative majority attempting to slip their agenda into the curriculum. On Wednesday, about 75 students took him up on his offer.
District spokeswoman Lynn Setzer said, ‘We’re going to allow students to make their concerns heard.”
It’s gratifying to see these young people standing up for what they believe in: a proper education, sans extremist propaganda. Keep it up, kids! Your hard work will pay off in the end!
Perhaps the three school board members who are at fault for this mess could learn something from these kids — but we all know that they won’t. After all, Benghazi.
Watch students stand up for what’s right, below: