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- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)16
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Black history in public schools
To the editor:I have a growing problem with the coverage Black History Month continues to draw. I have an even bigger problem with the fact that public schools are allowing Black History Month into schools. The children have no choice in the matter and in some cases are misled as to the facts about any particular black hero. If religion is volatile enough not to be included in the public-school curriculum, I think something even more touchy, such as Black History Month, has no place in public schools. If it is going to be part of the curriculum, then let it be an elective. I consider it a waste of valuable time and resources to teach such a subject.
I also consider it as politically incorrect to have an entire month dedicated to one race thrown at the public. There are many more peoples who have contributed great things to the world. Where is their month?
My point is this: Black History Month has no place in an American public school. The history being taught is not accurate, from what I have witnessed. I think this racially motivated celebration should be removed from public schools.
KEVIN ALEXANDER, Cape Girardeau