November 5, 2015

Colorado county votes for facts over fiction

Addicting Info - In Jefferson County, Colorado, voters chose to oust three conservative board members after growing tired of the constant attempts to subvert children’s education. The three members – Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk – had a reputation for attempting to whitewash American history and remove all the uncomfortable parts. All three had been swept into office during the heady Tea Party years, but like many other ultra-conservative politicians around the country have found, voter...

...According to the curriculum drawn up by the conservative school board:
Theories should be distinguished from fact (everything scientific is a theory). Materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights. 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. Content pertaining to political and social movements in history should present balanced and factual treatment of the positions.
The school board also originally proposed building a panel of (conservatives) that would watch the schools and ensure nothing they didn’t like was being taught to children.

Having only been elected a few years prior, all three board members were put on a recall ballot. The votes weren’t even close. Each one lost by roughly 30 points.

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