Williams is incorrect that the founding fathers and King are left out of the AP curriculum she's trying to replace. They're not specifically named in a set of guidelines that is supposed to inform the more detailed curriculum, but they are taught in the classrooms.

What Williams was providing there was basically a list of people who are so obviously going to be taught that it wasn't necessary to specifically name them. But more to the point, how the hell do you teach about Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, or Martin Luther King Jr. without teaching that sometimes disobeying the law is the right thing?

Every damn one of those people earned his place in history in part through law-breaking. Now conservatives want to turn them into lessons for knowing your place, being quiet, and respecting authority. Happily, what Jefferson County students seem to be learning is the value of fighting back. 

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Sep 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT. 

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