All week, Jefferson County, Colorado, high school students have walked out of their classes to protest proposed AP History curriculum changes that they say censors American history by downplaying the legacy of civil disobedience.
According to The Denver Post, “Hundreds of high schoolers across the county have hit the streets protesting a proposed curriculum committee that would call for promoting ‘positive aspects’ of U.S. history and avoiding or condoning ‘civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.'” On Thursday, the fourth and most attended day of the week long protest, more than 1,000 students walked out of class behind a new unified slogan — “It’s our history, don’t make it mystery.”
Jefferson County is the second-largest school district in Colorado, with around 85,000 students.
The protesters seem to be tapping into the very history that they say lawmakers are trying to hide from them. “People think because we are teenagers, we don’t know things, but we are going home and looking things up … If they don’t teach us civil disobedience, we will teach ourselves,” one high school senior told The Post.
Over the course of the week, student attendance at the protests have surged from around 100 to 200 on Monday to more than 1,000 on Thursday. Students told The Post that the protests have been organised over Facebook events and other social media outlets.
“It was students talking to students talking to more students,” one student said.
Check out some more photos of Jefferson County’s student protesters and their homemade posters below:
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