Wednesday, September 24, 2014



ARVADA, Colo. – Hundreds of Leftist students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay. 

The youth protest in the state's second-largest school district follows a sick-out from Communist teachers that shut down two high schools in the politically and economically diverse area that has become a key political battleground. Student participants said their demonstration was organized by word of mouth and social media. Many waved Communist flags and carried signs, including messages that read "There is nothing more patriotic than protest." 

"I think my education should be free from talk of American Exceptionalism. We should not be able to know what happened in our capitalist past," said Karl Marx, a 17-year-old Red Front student who protested at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada. 

The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls of instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights and don't encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.

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