Denver area students walk out of school in protest


ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

The youth protest involving six high schools in the state’s second-largest school district follows a sick-out from teachers that shut down two high schools in the politically and economically diverse area that has become a key political battleground.

Student participants said their demonstration was organized by word of mouth and social media. Many waved American flags and carried signs, including messages that read “There is nothing more patriotic than protest.”

“I don’t think my education should be censored. We should be able to know what happened in our past,” said Tori Leu, a 17-year-old student who protested at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada.

The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls for instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and don’t “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”

The proposal from Julie Williams, part of the board’s conservative majority, has not been voted on and was put on hold last week. She didn’t return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Tuesday, but previously told Chalkbeat Colorado, a school news website, that she recognizes there are negative events that are part of U.S. history that need to be taught.

“There are things we may not be proud of as Americans,” she said. “But we shouldn’t be encouraging our kids to think that America is a bad place.”

A student demonstrator, Tyrone G. Parks, a senior at Arvada High School, said Tuesday that the nation’s foundation was built on civil protests, “and everything that we’ve done is what allowed us to be at this point today. And if you take that from us, you take away everything that America was built off of.”

Blah blah blah. High school students are idiots; doubtless they’re being manipulated by their teachers here.

But what did conservatives expect – that progs would just roll over and accept their proposal?

No. If you want to have your children taught according to your own interpretation of the past, you’ll have to do it yourself, or conscientiously choose somewhere else acceptable, and send your children to school there.

Homeschool / church school / private school your kids!


16 thoughts on “Denver area students walk out of school in protest

  1. The whites think they have to revel in shame and the others like seeing them squirm. Let’s see how they all feel in 50 years when shame, the demands of and economic mismanagement have destroyed the state that nurtured its own destruction. Will the hordes from over the border and the sea acknowledge their part in their historic collapse? Probably not.

  2. “Doubtless they are being manipulated by their teachers”

    I used to work in Academia, and I can testify that I’ve rarely seen any of these so-called ‘student protests’ that weren’t instigated by teachers or administrators hiding somewhere behind the scenes. Note the article even says the protests ‘follows a sick-out from teachers that shut down two high schools.’

    Here’s how the scam works, and it’s been tried-and-true since the 1960s: Most radical academics are plugged into a network of other political radicals in academia, media, and government. They single out students who display the proper politically-correct attitudes and groom them. Now, organize a protest—make it look like a popular student uprising—get some media notoriety, and viola! Names get dropped and career doors open afterwards for these budding young radicals like magic.

    These idiots quoted in the article as ‘protest leaders’ will be political pundits, community activists, media figures, radical professors, etc. themselves within a decade: mark my words, you can go the bank on this!

    • Yes, I did notice that ‘sick-out’, which clearly shows the hand of the teachers behind this.

      And we have experience with a child activist becoming a full-time adult one; I can think of one example I remember very well:

      We know damn well he was pushed into it, groomed by his parents. And it has paid off well for him; now he has a full-time gig, and not just him but his brother as well. A family business, activism. Ick.

  3. He graduated with “a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies” – a course in rabble rousing if ever there were one; a professional provocatuer.

  4. Will:
    I forgot to mention on yesterday’s comment that the progs in Academia not only single out and groom potential left-wing radicals, they make a special point to single out and blacklist students who have fixed beliefs in the other direction. For those types, the opposite happens: they make good grades, put together impressive achievements, but all the doors of opportunity are inexplicably closed to them. IOW, they get put on an unofficial blacklist (and believe those things DO exist).

    That’s why my career in Academia was very short-lived. LOL

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