Letter: Intention versus impact

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The Colorado Department of Education intends to revise the social studies standards. The impact of their intention will ultimately be harmful. When kids are not given the opportunity to hear terminology and perspectives that are different than what is comfortable or “normal” for them, they move through the world full of fear and ignorance, thus perpetuating harm.

Equitable education names the existence, contributions, perspectives and history of African American, Asian American, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and religious minority communities in the standards. The impact of this naming is empowerment and safety for all of our kids.

As a mom of two white boys, I believe it’s necessary to see BIPOC and LGBTQ+ history and perspectives named in schools. This inclusion in social studies standards creates equity in what students learn across the state and ensures that all students in Colorado have an equal opportunity to learn about their history and the histories of others.

The passing of House Bill 1192 ensured inclusion of the history, culture, and social contributions of racial and ethnic minorities, religious minorities, and the LGBTQ+ individuals within these minority groups in the public school curriculum. If the Colorado Board of Education moves forward with the new recommendations, the impact will be detrimental for all students.

When students are seen, affirmed, supported and feel like they belong, empathy and understanding are the positive results. It is these values that will help prevent the perpetuating of overt acts of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia seen in our society today.

If our intention is to do no harm to our kids, then we must do what positively impacts the future world in which our kids live and move and learn.

Becca Jay

Parent of two DCSD students

Roxborough

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