Lake Havasu Unified School District’s next school board meeting is Tuesday, and on the agenda is a discussion of “anti-racism curriculum.”

The meeting will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Lake Havasu High School, located at 2675 S. Palo Verde Blvd., at 6 p.m. Due to coronavirus precautions, a maximum of 50 people can occupy the theater at one time, and tickets for entry will be distributed before the meeting at the entrance. For those who cannot or do not wish to attend in person, the meeting will be live-streamed as well at lhusd.org/boardvideos.

Public comments can be made at the meeting or sent in by email to boardmeeting@lhusd.org.

At the meeting, board members will be reviewing revised policies and presenting them to the public a second time.

Board member Nichole Cohen will also be presenting a new agenda item, labeled as “discussion and possible action regarding all anti-racism curriculum, including Black Lives Matter and 1619 Project.”

The 1619 Project is “an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, about the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery,” according to The New York Times Magazine.

The goal of the project is to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”

Attempts to reach Cohen for comment were unsuccessful as of Saturday evening.

Other agenda items include the approval of Logicalis for intercom, bells, clocks, and an upgrade to phones, approval of an amendment to an agreement between Western Arizona Vocational Education District #50 and LHUSD, approval of street widening improvements for the LHHS athletic project on Constellation Drive, and approval of vouchers, student activity funds, and auxiliary funds.

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23merkaba

Daisy, your title is misleading, Anti-White 101 , would be more accurate

Objective Dialectic

Wow. What an ignorant statement. You 23merkaba, are the type of person exacerbating and fueling the hatred we see in our world today.

monicaphill

This is not even really about race anymore! This is a long thought out plan to up end our system of government and make it a Socialist(Communist) state. The far left Antifa, BLM organization have highjacked the racial reform part. Check history, the first thing to go is all memories of your past. By spreading this 1619 project, etc. to young school kids, the left is achieving its goal from the inside out.

BigBob

Oh, look, another fool that doesn't the first clue what socialism (communism) actually is.

datorresmd1

Exactly

BigBob

23, we can always count on you to post he dumbest things ever seen on these forums. Thank you.

datorresmd1

Seriously wth is wrong with people here?

RDUBYA

Black Lives Mater organization is designed to indoctrinate Marxism. Their words not mine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgEUbSzOTZ8

monicaphill

Definitely! We dont need this in our schools. If they stick to teaching regular American History and Civics and World History maybe our kids would keep up with the rest of the world in education!

BigBob

So you feel teaching our children that rampant racism is wrong? What an interesting way of thinking. And could you tell us exactly what "...regular American History..." might be?

RDUBYA

Oh come on now Little Robert. Even you don't believe that we have rampant racism. If you did you would have left years ago. We have over 1 million legal immigrants on average a year and untold numbers of illegals coming to the USA. I guess they have it all wrong. I wonder why all the folks that said they were leaving after the last election in 2016 are still here? Hmmmm

datorresmd1

I love this reply...amazing what they think is racist isn't it?

Mr Lemons

What a waste of time this would be for students to be "indoctrinated" with Black Lives Matter (the group not the slogan) and 1619 Project garbage. The highly criticized and controversial 1619 Project has issues with accuracy such as the American Revolution was more about protecting slavery rather than rebelling against British rule. It's a slanted unnecessary view of history without merit. As far as Black Lives Matter, just take a look at their website (along with affiliated groups' websites) and ask if this information needs to be taught to young minds. It spreads the lie of systemic racism and that all white people are guilty of racism and irredeemable.

BigBob

Can you provide any empirical proof what the curriculum will consist of, or are you just following your handlers' instructions to cloud the issue with hate?

tomgarven

There is probably no one who supports education more than I do and have written about it many times. HOWEVER, in this case I just don't believe it is a necessary topic deserving of a curriculum change if any. There are just some things best left to parents to discuss with their children and in my opinion this is one of those topics.

If anything I would encourage the district to challenge the students to discuss the matter with their parents. All too often we ignore the value of a good talk between a parent[s] and their child or how destructive the lack of communication can be.

A short one hour "awareness" session could be provided to all students of an appropriate age level. During the one hour session the students should be made aware that organizations like Black Lives Matter EXIST however judgement should not be given regarding it's value or how damaging it can become when some of its members act in irresponsible ways. The students should instead be ENCOURAGED to discuss the topic with their parent[s]. Why, one might ask? Well no one should even have to ask that question since racism most often begins first at home and then it manifests itself in our schools and then later in life in our society.

Anyway i could go on for several more paragraphs about how I was born and raised on a farm in the midwest and was never exposed to the culture of a Black family until well into my teen years. There was not a single Black family or student in our entire school District. At least in Lake Havasu City we have a few Black students which is really important to our community. However, the number of black families in our community is very limited and is certainly outnumbered by other races sociologists just love to put into nice little neat buckets like Blacks, Hispanics, Whites, Native Americans and other races. This process of classifying people by race and putting them into these nice neat little buckets is something I find really offensive. We need to just get over this nonsense and stop putting people into categories by race.

We are after all first and foremost humans. We are then lumped into the categories of being either a male or a female and to me that is where the bucket listing of people needs to stop. I also find it offensive that our government, Federal and State and almost every job application asks somewhat cautiously what race we are. I hate to use the phrase made famous by one of our previous first ladies Hillary but "at this point what difference does it make?".

To me as an adult it doesn't make ANY difference what color your skin is. I will be judging you by your actions. And things like tearing down the statutes of those who fought in our Civil War will do nothing to improve race relations in MY opinion. And neither will attempting to change our history which by the way has made our country the envy of almost every country on this planet. If you can't learn from our History how are you ever going to solve racism? What a person believes about race most likely starts or comes from what their parents taught them as a child. That to me is not a job for our school district but rather the role a parent[s] must assume to help their child grow into a mature adult. Understand how important it can be to judge people by their behavior and NOT because they happen to be in some bucket by race WILL however go a long way to eliminating racism. It is my deepest hope that the District takes the time to do a complete needs analysis of what they should PRESENT to start the conversations between the PARENTS and their children. Only then will we be able to put this horrible behavior behind us.

Objective Dialectic

Tomgarven, I agree with most of what you have written. I have faith that this individual, Nicole Cohen, is bringing the curriculum to the board for approval because she is wanting an unbiased curriculum that simply seeks to bring the topic of racism to the forefront of historical education for our children considering it is such a big topic in American politics right now. What I don't like about all of these comments in this thread, is that we have so many individuals assuming the curriculum has some sort of hidden agenda to 'brainwash' our kids and to 'indoctrinate' them to support BLM.

lorrainelewis

Well, the 1619 project is already out there (as are the many criticisms from well-known historians who found it to be misleading and limited in perspective). I believe most of the content is available through the ny times website.

SimplyHuman

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Objective Dialectic

Rdubya, Monicaphill, and Mr. Lemons, this has nothing to do with 'indoctrination.' It is important our children understand what is going on in our world today as well as what has happened throughout history. Just like the importance of teaching our youth about the Holocaust for example, they need to be taught about the continued prevalence of racism in the World. Besides, how do you get off saying that the goal of this curriculum is to further the BLM agenda? The curriculum isn't even available yet so why are you guys to quick to jump to conclusions? I am sure the curriculum will be very objective, and is simply being put in place to help our kids understand what is happening in the world lately.

Mr Lemons

OD - I have no problem with the subject of racism being addressed at school. In fact, the school participates in Black History month every February at all grade levels. They learn about MLK and read various stories about black Americans who have overcome racism in their lives and the contributions of black Americans to our country. It's good way of talking about the history of Democrats in our country (lol). I object to the Marxist BLM insinuating themselves into the education of our children. One of their primary goals is to break up the traditional nuclear family and let the community/state involve itself in the raising of children, not necessarily the parents/family. We do not need to venerate BLM or the 1619 project's goals.

BigBob

Whew! Each day you come here and prove that you are not too terribly...uhh..intelligent..

Objective Dialectic

Again, I think you are jumping to conclusions about what the curriculum actually entails.

datorresmd1

Exactly!

Terri

Well said. Totally agree!

tomgarven

One of these days we are going to wake up and realize we should be judging people by they actions and not the color of their skin. That to me is going to be a really good day.

Mr Lemons

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SimplyHuman

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