Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:
Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.
According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:
Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”
This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!
You can sign the petition here.
You can read more articles at The Denver Post, CBS Denver (with video), and Colorado Public Radio.
Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.
No Fly Zone
Millions of pet parrots in the U.S. are held captive in a colorless world. Denied crucial needs, these intelligent and complex animals prove incompatible for most homes, fueling a hidden crisis of abandonment and neglect. (via Animal Sheltering | No Fly Zone)
MEET MERLIN! This little guy was just one of approximately 200 parakeets removed from a hoarding situation yesterday. The Ohio SPCA believes that even the tiniest creature needs a voice. Our hearts weeped as many sick and dead birds were discovered. Animal hoarding is horrific and results in great sadness and suffering.
Although, the Ohio SPCA is volunteer-staffed, large-scale removals are costly due to supplies, equipment, fuel, and vet care. For our life-saving outreach to continue, your support is needed. Please consider being a part of our efforts through a tax-deductible donation.
Ohio SPCA, P.O. Box 546, Grove City, Ohio 43123
Hoarding is a serious problem. It’s triggered by mental illness and often good intentions gone overboard. I highly encourage you to share this. Bring awareness, and if able, throw some donations their way. I know how expensive vetting, treatment, and care is. Blessings to those volunteering here and everywhere. Animals are worth fighting for.
"Medusa didn’t ask for the snakes in her hair.
She gazed hoping to see love never stone.
Poor Medusa wasn’t born a monster.
Until Poseidon in his rage condemned her to be.
Can’t you see?
What was once pure beauty became poison.
And, her kindness a lost myth.
Alas, the story of many women is also this."
Evelyn: Look, I… I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O’Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
Rick: And what is that?
Evelyn: I… am a librarian.
(Source: houselannister, via munchkinpower)