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The Virginia Board of Education Delayed public hearings on a new draft of the standards of history that proponents say will provide a fuller and fairer picture of America’s past.
State law requires that the standards be updated at least every seven years. The 2015 Social Studies and History Standards revisions began under former Governor Ralph Northham, D.
Superintendent of Public Instructions Jillian Ballou believes that there are deficiencies in the proposed updates that need to be addressed first.
“We’re on our way to having the best standards in the country, and I don’t want any of us to accept anything less,” Balu said.
For example, Balow criticized the draft standards for using the word “Succession” instead of “Secession” and further noted the removal of the title “Father of our Country” by George Washington and the title “Father of the Constitution” by James Madison. The Education Ministry said this was an “unintentional” error.
Parents told Fox News Digital their concerns about the initial proposed changes.
“As a parent, I am shocked by the bullshit even at the mere idea of removing the label, ‘George Washington, Father of Our Country’ and ‘James Madison, Father of Our Constitution.'” Elizabeth McCauley of the University of Virginia Muffins said I am grateful to the five new members of the Virginia Board of Education who put Limitations on the purpose of accessing these disruptive “updates” to the Virginia History Curriculum.
She added that schools should be more interested in improving literacy rates across the state.
“Editing and removing history is a slippery slope,” she continued. “We parents stand behind Governor Yongkin who said students should be taught all of history! What worries me the most is the low literacy rates in Fairfax County in particular. Why would we spend even a single second on this nonsense to rewrite history as it should simply lead to more Confusion for children, removing truth and truth and opening the door to indoctrination rather than education. When the curriculum review process is expedited, the red flag is that there are hidden agendas that must be highlighted.”
Also offended, Tyler Ota, founder of the University of Virginia Muffins, agreed with Governor Glenn Youngkin, R. However, “history still needs to be fully studied”.
“Without the founding father and first president, George Washington, Virginia, the USA does not exist, so it is appalling (sic) that removing his title of ‘Father of our Country’ from Virginia would be considered the state’s curriculum,” Ota told Fox News Digital. “Our greatest export, the longest constitution in world history, was in large part the result of the work of the ‘Father of the Constitution’, James Madison. If we don’t teach our children their own history, we will not be better than the Marxists who want to destroy our culture through the abolition of culture.” and erase history.”
Atef Al-Qarni, Northham’s former Secretary of State for Education, defended the proposals in an interview with VPM News. She said the current Virginia history curriculum does not provide enough detail on marginalized groups in the United States, such as the history of Chinese Americans. She said current standards only indicate that Chinese Americans played a role in the railroad industry.
“When students move away from the entire K-12 curriculum and the biggest contribution of Asian Americans has been to the railroad industry… it hurts,” Al-Qarni said. “It does not give a comprehensive perspective of the Asian American diaspora and experiences throughout American history, nor does it do so for other groups either.”
Cassandra Newby Alexander, professor of history at Norfolk State University, recommended adding details about the history of lynchings of blacks to the standards.
“There’s a myth that Virginia didn’t have many lynchings, and that somehow it was an inferior Southern thing, which of course wasn’t true at all. But these were the myths that built into Virginia’s history,” she said.
Newby-Alexander said she has engaged with the students while helping to draft proposed changes and has found that they would welcome revisions because currently history classes focus a lot on wars.
“I think for a long time, there have been ideas that if we talk about these wars, it’s going to build patriotism,” she told VPM News. “And in fact, what it does is it builds a lot of satisfaction with history.”
Some Fathers objected to additional pages of the 400-page draft document besides those on patriotism. Harry Jackson, an attorney for parents who advocate for education, found an error on page 18, referring to the change from “good citizenship” to “responsible citizenship,” considering it part of an effort to advance “non-academic related social justice issues.”
“Changing from ‘good’ to ‘responsible’ is important, as the responsible person is by definition obligated to act or care for others,” Jackson told Fox News Digital. “This is part of their ploy in the larger context of our nation’s culture wars because they teach children that they have a responsibility to value diversity as it relates to race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This change in the social studies curriculum will be used to advance relevant non-academic social justice issues in relation to speech Compulsory use of one’s preferred pronoun as well as the responsibility to confirm one’s chosen gender identity.”
Virginia has experienced a paternalistic uprising in the past two years, as parents have become increasingly resentful of local school boards across the state over progressive curricula, strict COVID-19 mandates, and more.
Many voters who were already Frustrated with Democrat Terry McAuliffe He said he hammered the nail in his campaign’s coffin during his debate with Youngkin when he said, “I don’t think parents should tell schools what they should teach.”
On his first day in office, Youngkin issued an executive order “To end the use of inherently contentious concepts, including critical race theory, and raise academic standards.”
Wednesday was the first time the state board of education met with the new members appointed by Yongkin.
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