A Seattle school district “totally duped” a student into enrolling in an “anti-American socialist” history course by disguising it as U.S. American history, parents claimed to KTTH News.
Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Washington, is labeling a class as “U.S. American History” on students’ schedules while the course syllabus says “Decolonizing U.S. History,” according to KTTH News. The parents, after noticing the discrepancy, began investigating the course and argued their son had been tricked into taking the class by the school. (RELATED: Boston Elementary School Encourages Race-Based Clubs In The Name Of Social Justice)
“Totally duped. And I worry about other parents who didn’t do the research that I did to get a real-life understanding of what ‘U.S. history’ class they’re taking,” the parents told KTTH News.
The class seeks to “decolonize the history of the United States and prioritize the previously unheard stories and experiences of and the impacts of events and policies on historically and currently marginalized groups,” according to the school district’s course catalog. The “marginalized groups” that are studied include “transgender and gender-nonconforming people,” the “LGBTQ+” community and “Latinx.”
The syllabus for the class features a land acknowledgement, to recognize that the land the school was built on belongs to Native Americans, and lays out community agreements for the classroom which tells students to “experience discomfort,” “expect/accept non-closure” and “self-care,” according to KTTH News. Different themes of the course listed are “identity,” “power & politics,” and “resistance.”
For the class students need the textbook “A People’s History” by activist Howard Zinn, which focuses on stories from “America’s women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers,” KTTH reported.
The parents said they met with the principal regarding the class who told them a full-credit U.S. history class was a mandatory graduation requirement. Their son is now enrolled in a history class outside the school district to fulfill the graduation requirement, KTTH News reported.
“Frankly, I don’t want to have to, every night, unpack what the district poured into my son’s head and have to then reteach proper U.S. history,” the parents told KTTH News. “I want my son to know that George Washington was an amazing leader and did some amazing things … I don’t want my son learning George Washington was evil, he had slaves, period. Full stop.”
The school district did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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