High school students in a big Colorado district walked out for the third straight day today to protest proposed changes to their history curriculum. Today's protests, the largest yet, mean that about half of all high school students in Jefferson County have participated this week, reports the Denver Post. The protests, which follow a teacher "sick-out" last week, are in response to proposed curriculum changes by the conservative-led school board, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Critics say the board wants to sanitize American history by making sure that materials "promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority, and respect for individual rights." Nor should they "encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife, or disregard of the law."
Amid the controversy, the board has postponed discussion of the curriculum review until mid-October. The dispute echoes similar battles over what schools should be teaching kids in Texas and South Carolina, notes the AP. "We shouldn't be encouraging our kids to think that America is a bad place," school board member Julie Williams has said of her proposal in the suburban Denver district. The controversy has political implications as well, with the Monitor noting that Jefferson County is a "swing district in a swing state." As for the sight of hundreds of students walking out of school en masse, the Post knows what you're thinking: "I'm not going to lie, there are kids here [just skipping class]," one student organizer tells the newspaper. "But the majority of us are out here for the right reasons."