We received permission late last night to print this letter one JeffCo mother has sent to the Board.
Date: September 17, 2014 at 11:52:08 PM CDT
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Subject: Williams Curriculum committee proposDear Jeffco BOE,
I am writing this email while I sit in a hospital 1,000 miles away from my Jeffco school children caring for my mom who had a stroke last week. I have barely slept all week and now that I have time to sleep I am actually using it to write you. That is how strongly I feel about the proposed curriculum committee. For a board majority that supposedly touts the bill of rights I find this proposal abhorrent. The committee selection process squashes any hope of a minority voice. It reeks of censorship. Who is to deem what is objectionable – a few hand picked people with little to no background in education? The proposal talks about not encouraging civil disorder or social strife. I was raised in the South – this was the exact cop out people used for not standing up for the Civil Rights. They didn’t want to disrupt ‘social harmony’. This country was founded because of the civil disorder of the first Tea Party. I find it ironic that a member of the current Tea Party would propose this.
You claim to want tough standards to prepare our children for college but your first priority is to attempt to eliminate an AP class. Are you really supporting our kids or your own personal political agenda?
My children I know have been exposed to curricula that would not meet this standard. It has challenged them to think and examine deeper history, literature etc. And truly if a teacher has ever assigned something that might be controversial the teacher has always given us THE PARENTS another option for our child.
I listened to the last board meeting. Jeffco has a curriculum committee of trained educators. By the way many of them are community members and parents. I trust them to do their job. Why this board feels they know education better than educators I don’t understand. Even this public proposal has grammatical errors. And I’m supposed to trust the person writing that with my child’s education? Sadly I have lost trust in this board. If this proposal is passed not only will I be anxiously awaiting a recall petition, but for the first time in my life I will be donating to a political cause, your recall. I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I am a parent. And hijacking my child’s education for political purposes is something I will not accept.
Concerned Jeffco Parent,
Sent from my iPhone
Ms. Wurst cannot be there tonight, so we ask you in her name to be there for her.
Be there for Ms. Wurst, who cannot be as she cares for her ailing mother.
Be there for every JeffCo parent who wants to be, but cannot because of job, distance, or family need.
Be there for every JeffCo parent who would be, if they only knew the gravity of the situation and what is at stake.
Be there for every JeffCo student who deserves an education filled with open exploration, genuine curiosity, critical thinking, and support for the questioning mind.
Be there for every JeffCo student who deserves an education untrammeled by propaganda, censorship, and authoritarian suppression.
Be there for every JeffCo student for whom education is the way up and out of poverty, ignorance, and a limited life.
Be there for our Community.
Be there for the business people who need workers with initiative and ideas and not mind-numbed robots.
Be there for our social groups who need volunteers who when they see something wrong, have the courage and faith to do something about it.
But most of all, be there for yourself.
Be there to help defend your school district, your neighbors, and your community.
5:30 p.m., 5th Floor Board Room, Education Center, 1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. 27, Golden, CO
If you are one of those who cannot make it, then if you can, watch it on your computer via the live video stream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/JeffcoBoardRoom
You can and should also send emails to the Board and to the individual Board members, letting them know what you think and how you feel:
Board email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Witt, President – District 5: email@example.com
Julie Williams, 1st Vice President – District 1: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Newkirk, Secretary – District 2: email@example.com
Lesley Dahlkemper, 2nd Vice President – District 4: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Fellman, Treasurer – District 3: email@example.com
Be there, and…
Fight Even Harder, JeffCo!