Arguing that the current curriculum “leads to white privilege and a racist society,” a Democratic lawmaker in Illinois called for the state Board of Education to “abolish” and replace history classes in the state’s public schools.
According to NBC Chicago, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford declared at a press conference in Evanston that current history lessons contribute to racism and “overlook the contributions of women and minorities.”
NBC Chicago reported that Ford’s office passed out a news release prior to the event titled, “Rep. Ford Today in Evanston to Call for the Abolishment of History Classes in Illinois Schools.”
“Concerned that current school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, will join local leaders today at noon at the Robert Crown Center in Evanston to call on the state to stop its current history teaching practices until appropriate alternatives are developed,” the statement reads. “Attendees at Sunday’s press conference will discuss how current history teaching practices overlook the contributions by Women and members of the Black, Jewish, LGBTQ communities and other groups. These individuals are pushing for an immediate change in history changing practice starting this school year.”
“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” Ford went on.
“I’m 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,” Ford declared. “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. I’m also alarmed that people continue to display symbols of hate, such as the recent display of the Confederate flag in Evanston.”
The news release also quoted Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty, who said that as a mayor he was “not comfortable speaking on education, curriculum, and whether history lessons should be suspended” but expressed his support for legislation that Ford introduced into the Illinois General Assembly.
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