Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JeffCo CO students walk out in support of teachers; Against School Board censorship & manipulation of US History

Students, from Pomona High School in Arvada, walkout of school to protest, along Wadsworth Blvd. and 80th Ave., in opposition to a Jefferson County Board of Education proposal to review the curriculum, September 23, 2014. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

At issue, the Jefferson County School Board has been taken over by radical conservatives who are attempting to use their power to censor curriculum and punish teachers.

Yesterday and today, the students walked out and took to the streets in solidarity and in loud protest.

Students at Jefferson County high schools walked out of their classes on Tuesday morning to protest proposed and completed school board changes, according to several Facebook groups.

Walk-outs were planned on Facebook at Arvada West, Pomona, and Ralston Valley high schools.

About 500 people said they would attend the walk-out on each of the group's pages. Students at other high schools could follow suit Tuesday.

No fewer than 200 students from Pomona High School walked out of class Tuesday morning and flooded the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and West 80th Avenue.

"The point is to make a statement about being against these changes, so instead of simply leaving the school we will line up along 64th (Avenue) with posters, signs, anything that shows we are standing up for ourselves and our teachers," the Arvada West walk-out page says.

Students are particularly worried about proposed changes to their AP U.S. History curriculum, which they see as "censorship."

At issue are two matters...Teachers wages and censorship of the Advanced Placement US History courses taught in Jefferson County schools.

Student leaders told The Denver Post that the gathering was planned on Facebook late Sunday night.

Monday's protest marked the second day in a week that students missed school because of mounting controversy in the district. McMinimee [Dan McMinimme is the new school superintendent who started last July] said he asks students and educators to let him come to them instead of having kids miss school driving to the administration building.

"I think you just keep trying to communicate and maybe over-communicate," McMinimee said of efforts to stabilize the tumult.

The curriculum controversy stems from a board member's proposal to form a review panel to promote patriotic material, respect for authority, and the free-market system. In turn, the panel would avoid material about "civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law." [my bold]

Several parents also attended the protest to support their children, including David Temple, who, along with his son, met with McMinimee.

"I thought it was helpful," Temple said. "I think the superintendent was open and honest about his thoughts."

Students said they are upset with how the board has proposed to sweep "under the rug" certain parts of the AP U.S. History curriculum. McMinimee said he would take the letter to the board and voice the students' concerns.

"I can say in the future there will be a heightened degree of transparency on how this is carried out," Dr. Syna Morgan, chief academic officer, told student leaders.

a "heightened degree of transparency"...where have we heard that before?

McMinimee and friends want to ignore the fact that this nation was created out of protest - civil disobedience to bloody rebellion. The fact that there would be no Jefferson County School Board....
There would be no United States of America...
There would be no Constitution or Bill of Rights....

.....if it weren't for the big balls of people being disorderly, creating social strife and disregarding unjust laws.
...if it weren't for the people taking the disagreement to the street and demanding change...
Shouting from the rooftops, blockading roads and ports, and marching in the streets.

I refer the JeffCo School Board to the latest in a long line of actions against tyranny...

The students of JeffCo, I salute you and stand in solidarity.

Welcome to the movement...Now on with the fight.

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