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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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    herm2416 | August 3, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    It’s Evanston, trust me, it will pass.
    They have been teaching through the prism of LGBTQWERTY in K-12 for the past several years.


       
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      pst314 in reply to herm2416. | August 4, 2020 at 8:32 am

      “It’s Evanston, trust me, it will pass.”
      Although LaShawn Ford’s 8th District is on the West Side of Chicago where playing the race card is guaranteed to get you lots of votes.


     
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    getsome | August 4, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Good grief one can only imagine. He just wants to start teaching ‘his truth,’ to the children. You know, where a black edison invented the light bulb. And a black marconi invented radio. Not to mention how a black christ was born of a black virgin birth. Just to correct the white lies everybody has been taught forever. I’m serious, these people, if you can call them that, are psychotic. To them their truth makes perfect sense. I saw a black youngster the other day wearing a tee shirt that proclaimed “They hate us because they ain’t us!” My only thought was how do so many of them go on? Their entire culture here in Aneruca is a grotesque lie and they think that’s going to work for them over the long run. I’m talking an animalistic level of reasoning here. Sheer idiocy dressed as truth.


     
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    Cleetus | August 4, 2020 at 5:56 am

    I enjoyed reading Kurt Schlicter’s books such as Indian Country. I once thought they were over the top, but now they seem down right realistic.


     
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    Alonzo Archimemedes | August 4, 2020 at 7:35 am

    well just look at the great record, at how much african americans have done to improve public education up to now……….
    oh, wait a second.


     
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    Sternverbs | August 4, 2020 at 10:11 am

    13% of the population, nearly 75% of ALL THE PROBLEMS IN SOCIETY. Acclimate or dissipate.


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