Even members of the press were confused at the close of the October 2 board meeting. Was the decision on the curriculum committee a compromise? Was the original language of the proposed curriculum review committee withdrawn? Is the board still planning to review, maybe gut, AP U.S. History?
The answer. Nothing has changed.
Oh, sure, the board agreed to changes proposed by the superintendent to take the already existing curriculum committee and add some teachers and students to it.
The outcome is still the same no matter how you look at it. The committee, which will now report directly to the school board rather than the district, will have ten parents/citizens appointed to it by members of the board of education, six of whom will be selected by the board majority.
The charge of the committee is still the same. To review AP U.S. History curriculum and determine its patriotism and whether it promotes civil disorder, etc.
While Newkirk made changes to Williams’ proposal, eliminating the inflammatory language it is important to note that Williams’ original proposal was never formally withdrawn.
When the board is finished gutting or eliminating AP U.S. History as our student’s know it and have taken the AP option away from our children, they will turn their attention, via the curriculum committee, to elementary sex education. When they have finished gutting or eliminating that in favor of their political and religious ideology, they will turn their attention to . . . what?
Perhaps they will flirt with the idea, as Douglas County Schools have, with eliminating ALL advanced placement courses.
Perhaps they will target specific teachers? Perhaps 5th grade U.S. History? Or maybe books read in English classes that depict the country’s history in a less than patriotic light?
Did a parent complain about something taught in a biology class? That teacher could become a target, their teaching brought under the microscope of the board majority via the curriculum committee.
Given Williams’ original proposal to separate theories from facts will we see Creationism, ala Intelligent Design, taught to our children?
We all know that the only voices on the curriculum committee that matter to WNW are the ones they appoint. With the board majority’s demand of “minority reports” from every district committee, and with their history of ignoring the majority in favor of the minority, it won’t matter what a majority on the committee think or report.
While the fervor and publicity around the curriculum committee may have died off for the time being, one thing is certain. WNW are not finished with AP U.S. History or the censorship of our kids’ education.
Don’t be lulled into complacency. The battle may have quieted for the moment but the war, the fight for what’s right for our kids, still rages on.
Will YOU fight with us?