Julie Williams, the conservative school board member whose proposal has led to thousands of Colorado students walking out of the classrooms and protesting in the streets posted a defense of her ridiculous position on Facebook.
Williams says that she is “surprised” at the reaction, and asserts that she “must not have explained [herself] clearly. “To be accused of censorship?” she wrote. “‘Seriously? That is just ridiculous. I am advocating for just the opposite.”
Williams’ proposal, supported by the other two conservative members of the five-person school board, aims to “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights”and ensure that the classes do not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.”
Williams complains that the standards against which she is fighting have “an emphasis on race, gender, class, ethnicity, grievance and American-bashing while simultaneously omitting the most basic structural and philosophical elements considered essential to the understanding of American History for generations.”
Without citing examples or providing evidence, she asserts that many important figures and events are omitted. “Let me give you some examples of who is omitted,” she wrote,”Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Franklin with not even a mention of Martin Luther King, Jr. who was on the forefront of the civil rights movement. It ignores lessons on the Boston Tea Party, Lexington, Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the list continues…”
And you know that she is right, folks! After all, she cites the Texas Board of Education, which is widely condemned for its revisionist censorship of history, science, and other subjects.
Here is some perspective: The Texas State Board of Education has voted to set aside the new AP U.S. History Framework in favor of its own state-mandated U.S. history curriculum. If there is no concern with the curriculum then I would ask why so much resistance? No one is talking about getting rid of AP U.S. History. I am just asking for us to take a deeper look. Let’s weigh this curriculum against the best interests of our students and see where we land.
“Last, when it comes to history I believe all children graduating from an American school should know 3 things,” she concluded. “American Exceptionalism, an understanding of US History, and know the Constitution.”
Williams’ feeble attempt to mask her agenda with baseless claims was quickly condemned by commenters:
When a Denver news station asked Williams for examples of what may be misrepresented, she came up blank. “I’m not familiar enough with everything that is in AP history to make that judgment,” Williams explained.
Dakota Ridge High School senior Maggie Ramseur, one of the students protesting the right-wing agenda with which Williams wants to infect schools, told Huffington Post that, “The point of civil disobedience is to break an unjust law with the intention of bringing attention to it so that it may be rectified and made just.”
“Teaching students about that does not encourage them to become anarchists,” Ramseur said. “It encourages them to speak up about policy and make the government serve the people, which is what our democratic republic was designed for.”
“And that is something that I learned in Advanced Placement United States History,” she added. “The uncensored version.”