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    Chicago lawmaker proposes suspending grade school history classes until “a suitable alternative is developed”

    Chicago lawmaker proposes suspending grade school history classes until “a suitable alternative is developed”

    “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.”

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    State Rep. LaShawn Ford called on the Illinois State Board of Education to require schools to stop teaching history classes until a “suitable alternative is developed,” because of course the current curriculum, “leads to white privilege and a racist society.”

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    From Rep. Ford’s press release:

    Rep. Ford Today in Evanston to Call for the Abolishment of History Classes in Illinois Schools

    Concerned that current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, will join local leaders today at noon at the Robert Crown Center in Evanston to call on the state to stop its current history teaching practices until appropriate alternatives are developed.

    “When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” Ford said. “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. 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. I’m also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.”

    Attendees at Sunday’s press conference will discuss how current history teaching practices overlook the contributions by Women and members of the Black, Jewish, LGBTQ communities and other groups. These individuals are pushing for an immediate change in history changing practice starting this school year.

    The miseducation of our children must stop,” said Meleika Gardner of We Will. “It is urgent that it comes to an end as we witness our current climate become more hostile. Miseducation has fed and continues to feed systemic racism for generations. If Black History continues to be devalued and taught incorrectly, then it will call for further action.”

    Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty notes “As Mayor, I am not comfortable speaking on education, curriculum, and whether history lessons should be suspended. This is not my area. Personally, I support House Bill 4954 because I am interested in learning more and believe the history of Black people should be taught to all children and include all groups, Women, LatinX, and Native Indians who helped to build America.”

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    ThePrimordialOrderedPair | August 3, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.

    SOmeone needs to teach LaShawn some history; the Founders were, at best, very wary of democratic processes. That’s why, in the Constitution they only specified democratic processes for the House of Representatives, and not for anything else. The fact is that democratic processes are, generally, treated as jokes by most people and are among the most frivolous of methods of putting people into positions of power. THis is why we are confronted more and more by familial political dynasties. People would vote for Bugs Bunny just because they recognize the name. I present this idiot, LaShawn Ford as evidence of that. He probably isn’t qualified to be doing much more than pushing a mop around, but, through democratic processes, here he is, advocating to shelve history because he doesn’t like the real story of how the greatest nation to have ever existed came to be and who really created and built it.

    Of course, the bedrock of American governmental architecture is our Constitution, which is above any democratic processes and serves to limit the power of any democratic processes the same way it limits all other powers of the federal government. I get so sick of these America-hating retards always yapping on about “democracy”. They really have no clue what the hell they are talking about.


     
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    getsome | August 3, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Well this is ILLnoise so there’s really no telling what they’ve been teaching up there but then again its a black guy who probably wants to start teaching that God created the black race in order to outshine the white race so it is questionable. How those illeducated historians have been getting it all wrong all these years is just amazing. Oh well, lets back burner the issue until we know more in the next hundred years.


       
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      ThePrimordialOrderedPair in reply to getsome. | August 3, 2020 at 1:48 pm

      He might well be one of those “blacks discovered America” folks.

      Just when you think they can’t get any more cartoonish they seem to come out with even more ridiculous claims and somehow manage to keep straight faces while they’re saying them.


       
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      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to getsome. | August 3, 2020 at 2:24 pm

      Your play on the spelling of the state brings to mind a slogan idea. Texas has “Doin’t Mess with Texas”. How about “IL annoys”?

    I wonder why these people want to further hamstring the students. I value a good quality education as a starting point for success.

    He’s right. Democrats need time to spread social justice, tear down statues, rewrite their history, and stoke diversity (e.g. racism, sexism, genderism)… breeds adversity. #BabyLivesMatter


       
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      UserP in reply to n.n. | August 3, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      On a brighter note, if black people, living or dead, would just get out and vote they could take the power away from whites that have destroyed the city and then, when firmly in control, the damage could be mitigated without wearing face masks. Instead of letting whites destroy the city with crime and violence, it could be made safe for a black man to out and get a sub sandwich at two o’clock in the morning without white men wearing MAGA hats jumping him.

      Apply that to state and federal government and in a few years, if you have enough riots and protests and marches, and reduction of police budgets, you could elect black governors and senators and congress persons. And ultimately, if you are very, very determined, you could do the unthinkable: you get a black man elected president of the United States and his wife would be proud of her country for the first time in her adult life. Then you would see real change. Minorities would be treated fairly. There would be no more riots and protests. There would be free universal healthcare and everyone could keep their same doctor. All racial problems would be solved. And it would prove once and for all that when blacks have power they will fix things that whites have screwed up so badly since the days of the founding fathers with their white privilege. So get out there and vote for the sake of your unborn children’s future. Their lives matter. (sarc)

    Nope. Next.


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