Educational and political leaders have asked the Illinois State Board of Education to change the history curriculum at all the schools in the state and for the time being, instruction be halted until an alternative is determined.
State Representative LaShawn K. Ford said that how history classes are currently taught leads to white privilege and a racist society that overlooks the contributions of women and other minorities (blacks, lgbtq, etc.).
Rep. Ford said “Iím calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history. Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved.”
Here’s the Issue
There is a big slippery slope with this kind of demand. Rep. Ford said that the history being taught is unfair. Well history is history and what happened in the past happened and it needs to be talked about regardless of how uncomfortable it may make people feel.
History is not unfair, it is history. You can’t change the past just because you don’t like it. Now, is it possible that the history lessons in Illinois schools aren’t being taught accurately? Absolutely, there is always that possibility. So, they can go ahead and evaluate the curriculum and the teachers teaching it but to say that history is unfair is preposterous. There is a large difference between a group of people having a history of being treated unfairly and the blanket statement that history is unfair.
Knowledge is power and those who control how people are educated controls the people. Abolishing history classes would propel America into a communist dictatorship of enslaved Americans.
“Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Well, so then what does that say about people who refuse to learn it? Or try to alter it?
Facts don’t care about your feelings. And neither does history.