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Chicago Officials Call On Schools To Stop Teaching History

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Chicago Officials Call On Schools To Stop Teaching History

JAZZ SHAWPosted at 12:41 pm on August 3, 2020

 

Apparently attempting to honor the memory of George Floyd and prevent violence against minorities at the hands of law enforcement officers, a coalition of leaders in the education field and state politicians gathered in a suburb of Chicago yesterday to demand that Illinois public schools stop teaching history classes. Not permanently, mind you. Just until all of the history curricula and textbooks can be updated. But what sort of updates would be required? It sounds like there will be quite a few of them because history classes are both racist and sexist and they apparently “unfairly communicate history.” And before you ask, no. This isn’t a joke. I couldn’t have made this one up if I’d tried. 

 

(NBC News Chicago):

'Leaders in education, politics and other areas gathered in suburban Evanston Sunday to ask that the Illinois State Board of Education change the history curriculum at schools statewide, and temporarily halt instruction until an alternative is decided upon.

At a news conference, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities.

Before the event Sunday, Rep. Ford’s office distributed a news release “Rep. Ford Today in Evanston to Call for the Abolishment of History Classes in Illinois Schools,” in which Ford asked the ISBOE and school districts to immediately remove history curriculum and books that “unfairly communicate” history “until a suitable alternative is developed.”

This wasn’t some group of random community activists doing this. The crowd included actual public school teachers and administrators, along with elected officials from state and local government. The featured speaker, LaShawn Ford, is a member of the state assembly. Ford is already introducing a bill calling on the state Board of Education to suspend all history classes in elementary schools because they “lead to white privilege and a racist society.” '

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“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'”

--1984, George Orwell

 

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Rock N' Roll Right Winger

censoreding lunatics.

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MontyPython

Wasn't it George Santayana who said something along the lines of (paraphrasing here because I don't recall the exact words😞 "Those who don't remember their history are doomed to repeat it"?

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LongKnife

I thought they had already quit teaching history. At least, as it happened. 

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Natural Selection

"Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance." - Laurie Halse Anderson

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Skipjack

Considering the cartoonish crap that passes for history in our schools today, maybe they should stop peddling it.  And something tells me that 'LaShawn' won't be happy with any history curriculum that doesn't include the many wonders of Wakanda.

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Ticked@TinselTown

1984...

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