In a video released by a group calling itself JeffCo Truth, students are shown admitting the protests are not just about the school board motion to set up a review committee for the new AP History. Here are some quotes:
“And we want to make it known that while this is specifically about the US History class, it’s also a lot about the previous changes they tried to make because we want to protect our teachers and we believe that they know best.”
“That’s part of what this is about, it’s about, yes it’s about the curriculum and what we do know, but it’s also about the frustrations that we don’t know about. And it’s about seeing the teachers, umm, seeing the teachers, uh, not, not getting what they believe that they deserve. And we, we have full trust in, in their ability to gauge that.”
“I mean my freshman teacher yesterday when we ummm, we were talking about it and they were, he’s like you should all do it.”
“I think it’s because they’re mainly really upset because, umm they’re not getting enough raises. That’s, I don’t really know, that’s what I was told by my history teacher.”
Based on student comments in the video, there appears to be a misunderstanding by the students on the new US History framework that would be up for review. Students claim censorship by the school board when in reality it’s the College Board doing the censorship.
One student protester commented:
“Umm, three of the main characters that have been in discussion to censor have been the movements that have occurred because of civil disobedience so three of the names that have been thrown out are Martin Luther King, Jr., Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson have all either been removed or de-emphasized in the new AP US History. The Jefferson County School Board did not participate in creating the new framework. Rather, it was led by Common Core architect David Coleman.