29 9 / 2014
When you fuck something up first thing in the morning
29 9 / 2014
"The sad truth is there will be some people who will only be there for you as long as you have something they need. When you no longer serve a purpose for them, they will leave. The good news is, if you tough it out, you’ll eventually weed these people out of your life and be left with some great people you can count on. We rarely lose friends, we just gradually figure put who are real ones are."
25 9 / 2014
Colorado Schools Are Proposing A History Curriculum That Promotes ‘Positive Aspects’ of the USA and Avoids Materials That Would Encourage Or Condone ‘Civil Disorder, Social Strife, Or Disregard Of The Law’
So apparently the local school districts are trying to omit anything and everything from the History classes’ curriculum that puts America in a bad light in order to promote patriotism and discourage rebellion. Both teachers and students have been walking out of classes all week to protest, and I applaud them.
“School Board Member Julie Williams offered the curriculum review committee proposal. Williams issued a statement Tuesday which says her idea has nothing to do with censorship … ‘It has an emphasis on race, gender, class, ethnicity, grievance and American-bashing while simultaneously omitting the most basic structural and philisophocal elements considered essential to the understanding of American history for generations,’ Williams said in a statement. She points out that key historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King Jr are left out of the new A.P. U.S. History curriculum.” (X)
“’Students at my school plan to walk out of classes in protest of the Jeffco school board’s new proposed Advanced Placement U.S. History Curriculum Revision Committee which aims to teach students to become more ‘patriotic’ and less ‘rebellious’ by portraying the history of our country in a better light,’ Arvada West High School senior Jack Shefrin said in a statement.” (X)
"Tensions have been mounting in the school district as students and teachers push back against district leadership. Community members are angry about a proposed curriculum committee that would call for promoting ‘positive aspects’ of the United States and its heritage and avoiding material that would encourage or condone ‘civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.’ A vote on the curriculum committee, proposed by board member Julie Williams, was delayed at a board meeting last week. In a statement Tuesday, Williams said she was surprised by the reaction to the curriculum review proposal. She said “balance and respect for scholarship” is not censorship.” (X)
”Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that,’Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.’” (This one is from the email I was sent)
“A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise and to guard against educational materials that “encourage or condone civil disorder.” In response, hundreds of students, teachers and parents gave the board their own lesson in civil disobedience … ‘We’ve had conservatives on our board before,’ said Michele Patterson, the president of the district’s parent-teacher association. ‘They were wonderful. These people, they’re not interested in balance or compromise. They have a political agenda that they’re intent on pushing through.’ ” (X)
While from what I can tell from this supposed outline of the newly proposed courses large events are not admitted, there is a lot of glossing over and numerous side notes that say “Teachers have flexibility to use examples” (meaning they are OPTIONAL, and that if a teacher chose not to discuss those topics due to their own political agendas/ideas, they don’t have to) above example lists that primarily include women’s rights, abolition of slavery, civil rights movements, Native American history (including removal acts), labor unions and workers strikes, and notable historical women and POC. The curriculum also does indeed omit Martin Luther King Jr. COMPLETELY (he’s not even under an optional example list!), huge portions of the Women’s Rights Movement (the end of it, Seneca Falls, most names, etc.), and basically all parts of the Civil War that had to do with actual African Americans (there are a lot of big names missing, Underground Railroad isn’t mentioned at all), and some glossing over of the Native American genocide and the Civil Rights Movement. There are are also some parts where the phrasing of things seems immensely skewed in certain directions to an almost disturbing degree, and with the admissions of women and POC names and accomplishments during events where they should have been really prominent even in the already skewed American History curriculum, a lot of it comes across with an air of, “HAHAHA WHITE DUDES SAVED THE DAY!” or “this thing was bad but it they couldn’t help it because blah blah blah time period/had to be done/whatever stfu and don’t argue.”
If you can, please sign The Petition
25 9 / 2014
"When they’re babies, people will come up and say to you ‘Are they a boy or a girl?’ when the kid’s in the pram and you can’t tell. And immediately when you tell them which gender it is they will behave differently according to what you tell them. It got to the point where we didn’t want people to know what gender the baby was. Just treat it as you’d treat someone you wanted to be nice to! Why is it so important to you to know? And then you hear people saying ‘Oh, look at him, he’s a little flirt isn’t he’, or ‘Oooh, she’s gonna wrap you around her little finger’ and all this. What are you on about? She’s two months old, she’s just shat herself."