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Last week students in Colorado walked out of class to protest proposed changes in their district’s history curriculum. A nine-member panel of the Jefferson County School board reviewed the Advanced Placement History curriculum and suggests changes, such as “materials should promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.” This isn’t the only case of controversy of history curriculum. In 2010, controversial changes in the social studies curriculum were approved in Texas. Where does teaching about Native American history fit into proposed curriculum changes across the US? What would you like to see taught in history classes? Should history classes be the same across the US?
Matene Wanna Jerome (Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Dakota Sioux) – high school student in the Jefferson County School District and his mother Stephanie Jerome (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
Layha Spoonhunter (Eastern Shoshone/ Northern Arapaho/Oglala Lakota) – student at Idaho State University
Ahniwake Rose (Cherokee) – Executive Director, National Indian Education Association