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Illinois Lawmaker Wants To Abolish History Classes; Instead Promote Women, Black, LGBTQ Communities

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 23: Rapper Killer Mike, left, and State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-IL), right, listen as Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) speaks during a round table meeting with local activist and community members Monday, December 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Sanders, who is seeking the nomination from the Democratic Party talked about police reform and preventing people of color from being victimized by police officers across the country. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

What, abolish American history classes? Does the curriculum create white privilege and a racist society?

There’s an old saying, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

I guess the left didn’t learn this as they have been erasing history in the public square by tearing down statues of various famous people in American history and now one lawmaker wants to stop current history classes from being taught in Illinois schools.

Illinois State Representative La Shawn Ford, a Democrat from Chicago, called on his state Sunday to abolish history classes in Illinois schools.

Mr. Ford believes the history taught to children in his state does nothing to foster a more inclusive society.

“We need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” Ford said in a news release.

Ford said he was concerned that current school history teachings lead to white privilege and a racist society.

From Chanel 9 News

Currently working on changing school curriculum after a class visit to an African American history museum last October.

“I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history,” Ford said. “Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.”

Ford believes current classes overlook the contributions of women and members of the Black, Jewish, and LGBTQ communities, as well as other groups.

The conversation about adding this history of Black people in America to the school curriculum is going on nationwide, including here in Colorado.

Denver Public Schools (DPS) has been working on changes largely because of one school in the district.

Teachers and students at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College has been focused on the effort since at least October 2019 when a group of students took a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

“They came back and they asked the history teachers to attend the museum in November,” principal Kimberly Grayson told 9NEWS in June.

“All of my history teachers – all of them are white teachers. They went to the history museum in November. They came back from that museum in November with changes to their curriculum in place.”

“We don’t want Black history to be separate,” Grayson added. “It needs to be embedded and emerged within history – all history.”
CV-19, RACE, POLICE – It would be nice to not have these issues brought up in almost every conversation. How about instead, God, the Constitution, and Bill of Rights?
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