Because of the overwhelming opposition to the proposed racist changes to our Social Studies standards we alerted you to last month, the Department of Education will hold six additional listening sessions with the public comment period being extended to Sept. 30. The proposed changes, promoted by Sen. Patrick Colbeck and other right-wing activists, include:
- Decreasing references to the Ku Klux Klan to a single mention in eighth grade;
- Cutting the five existing references to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People;
- Deleting the two references to gays and lesbians; and
- Removing references to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case legalizing a women’s right to reproductive freedom.
The listening sessions, all starting at 6 p.m., are scheduled as follows:
- August 8, Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium, 2432 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo;
- August 9, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 31819 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor;
- September 13, King High School, 3200 East Lafayette Street, Detroit;
- September 18, Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency, 321 Ohio Street, Marquette;
- September 19, University Center of Gaylord, 80 Livingston Boulevard, Gaylord; and
- September 20, Bovee University Center, Central Michigan University, 103 East Preston Street, Mount Pleasant.
Let’s make sure the voices of educators are heard loud and clear.