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Denver’s Advanced Placement Students Fight Against Censored History

Earlier this month, roughly 1,000 Advanced Placement high school students rallied and protested the fact that a Jefferson County school board member requested to “censor aspects of the AP U.S. History course,” as described in a statement provided by the College Board.

“These students recognize that the social order can — and sometimes must — be disrupted in the pursuit of liberty and justice. Civil disorder and social strife are at the patriotic heart of American history — from the Boston Tea Party to the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement. And these events and ideas are essential within the study of a college-level, AP U.S. History course,” the statement continued.

Jefferson County’s school board requested, specifically, for an Advanced Placement curriculum on U.S. history that would reflect “respect for authority” and discourage “civil disorder, social strife or disregard for the law.”

The proposal continued to include the promotion of “citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.” The proposal is intended to keep the teaching of history light and not reflect anything that students could take and be angered about outside of the classroom.

Dakota Ridge High School senior Maggie Ramseur was a protest member and explained her reasoning, as well as the other protesting students’ reasoning behind the fight against being taught censored history, “The point of civil disobedience is to break an unjust law with the intention of bringing attention to it so that it may be rectified and made just. Teaching students about that does not encourage them to become anarchists. It encourages them to speak up about policy and make the government serve the people, which is what our democratic republic was designed for.”

If you are moving to Denver before this academic ruling in October, and you have a high school student who will be attending Dakota Ridge or another Jefferson County high school, you too can take part in the fight for the teaching of real, uncensored history.

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