As if Common Core wasn’t bad enough, now government representatives from Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, are looking for the Illinois Department of Education to suspend the teaching of U.S. History classes until all “racist” material from the country’s past, regardless of whether or not it really happened, is removed.
Rep. LaShawn Ford (D) is the sponsor of the bill that seeks to “end the miseducation of Illinoisans.”
As if leaving out parts of history in and of itself isn’t miseducation.
“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 to 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.”
Give greater attention to our democratic processes even if this is a representative republic. And the “Confederate Flag” is technically a battle flag from the Civil War. Yes, it was an ugly part of American history, but it is still history, and it does a disservice to the people learning history to not learn it unadulterated or exaggerated.
That is what is getting lost in the fight to change the history curriculum in Illinois. History has already been watered down, and now it will be changed to be politically correct, even if what really happened is exaggerated so as to not be recognizable.
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