of Denver Post
When you're an adolescent student it's hard to get adults to listen to you. Many adults have the assumption that you don't know anything or sometimes you hear what is going on and don't necessarily have the whole picture. Well what better way to get teachers and principals to listen than having over 1,000 students walk out of class and protest!
On Wednesday, nearly 1,000 students
from several suburban Denver high schools started a peaceful protest opposing a new set of history standards proposed by none other than a conservative school board.
The protest was against new school programs generated to establish a committee to review texts and coursework, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials "promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights" and don't "encourage or condone civil disorder, or disregard of the law." But isn't the United States founded on a bunch of civil disordered hooligans? I mean c'mon John Hancock was a smuggler for goodness sake!
What makes this whole protest fascinating and remarkable is the fact that authorities did nothing to halt the students and allowed them to protest for over three hours - they weren't even punished. Not only that, district administrators were sent to watch over the students and make sure they weren't harmed. District spokeswoman Lynn Setzer said, "We're going to allow students to make their concerns heard."
The protest originated on Friday and since Monday hundreds of students from a number of different schools have participated. Sources indicate that the group was organized over social media.
The new school program was proposed last week, however voting has not yet gotten underway. The next school board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2. Hopefully everything goes well or else we are going to see yet another walkout.
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