opinion story by Becca Spilka
Hold on to your seat because Oklahoma is attempting to ban AP U.S. History.
Their reason? It teaches students “what is bad about America.”
And maybe that’s all fine and dandy for Oklahoma, but if this radically moronic decision begins to spread, we’ll create an epidemic of ignorance.
We can’t send our children to schools where everything they’re learning is censored in such a way that we essentially become brain-washed ‘Murica lovin’ zombies. If we don’t provide our future generations with the facts and the mistakes of the past, then how are they supposed to avoid them in the future?
Keeping students in the dark about the genocide of Native Americans doesn’t bring those people back to life.
Failing to inform students that we owned and mistreated African Americans for hundreds of years doesn’t make it go away.
Shielding teenagers from the mass destruction we dropped on Japan during World War II doesn’t erase the damage.
America makes mistakes, just as any other nation has done or will do.
Having a perfect past isn’t what makes a great nation, but rather exposing our students to all the mistakes we’ve made and fostering an informed generation does. Allowing children to form their own opinions based on the facts creates individuals who are passionate and motivated to help and improve their nation.
If we begin to spoon-feed the hand-selected tidbits that we think make America look good, we are intellectually starving our students. As a nation, are we honestly going to neglect our students like this simply to save face?
If we keep this up, we end up marching our future straight down the path of dystopia. Hasn’t anyone making these decisions read The Giver or 1984 or Brave New World? It’s pretty clear that situations like this never turn out well.
We’re all so worried about other countries destroying us when it’s the censoring of information that’s going to run our country into the ground.
But we are also the only solution to our problems. As long as we encourage and educate our students with the facts, regardless of how they reflect on our nation or its leaders, we’re molding students that can make more informed, and therefore better, decisions.