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posted: 5/8/2018 1:00 AM

Misguided demands for teaching history

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Are you kidding me, Springfield? The state of Illinois is imploding at a frightening rate, and you're focused on passing a bill that forces our schools to teach LGBT history? (Paid for by our outrageous property taxes, by the way.) This bill (SB3249) also requires schools to teach about the illegal deportation of Mexicans during the Great Depression and labor union contributions to our economy. And children will not be permitted to graduate eighth grade if they don't receive this instruction. Holy political agenda, Democrats!

But, perhaps you are sincerely interested in teaching our children an accurate and nondiscriminatory account of our history. If this is true, you must necessarily include a unit on the societal benefits that Catholics have contributed toward Illinois' schools, hospitals and charities. The impact is quite significant.

I would encourage anyone reading this to demand that your particular group be recognized in a mandatory history unit as well. After everyone feels good about being recognized, there might be a few minutes left in the school day for reading, writing and arithmetic.

Mary Plunkett

Wheaton

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