Only in America
Conservative lawmakers have stripped Michigan’s social studies curriculum of any reference to civil rights, climate change, or “core democratic values.” State Sen. Patrick Colbeck said these phrases are “not politically neutral.” Other references removed include Roe v. Wade, the NAACP, and gay rights. Students will be taught that “the expansion of rights for some groups can be viewed as an infringement of rights and freedoms of others.”
A Massachusetts school is teaching kindergarten students a new nursery rhyme that includes the lines “Lockdown, lockdown, Lock the door/Shut the lights off, Say no more/Go behind the desk and hide.” Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper said even 5-year-olds must be prepared. “Unfortunately, this is the world we live in.”
Boring but important
SCOTUS upholds Ohio voter purges
The Supreme Court this week upheld an Ohio law that effectively allows the state to purge its voter registration rolls of citizens who haven’t voted in recent elections, handing a victory to Republicans who have championed stricter voting requirements. The court voted 5 to 4, with conservative justices in the majority. Federal law prohibits states from removing people from voting rolls simply for not voting, but state officials are allowed to confirm the eligibility of voters they suspect have moved. Ohio sends notices to voters who skip a single election asking them to confirm their eligibility. If they don’t respond and don’t vote within the next four years, their names are purged. Critics have argued the law unfairly affects minority and low-income voters.