It was one of Chicago’s ugliest chapters, and now it may be your eighth-grader’s homework.
The history of Jon Burge’s “Midnight Crew” and the near two decades of police torture has been integrated into Chicago Public School’s curriculum.
The curriculum was developed by social science specialists who worked for months with African-American community leaders, civil rights advocates, law enforcement, academic researchers and the Chicago Teachers Union, according to the Chicago Tribune.
That isn’t enough for some parents, who argued Wednesday night that it doesn’t belong in the curriculum at all.
People weighed in on both sides of the issue on Twitter.
Teach CPS children proper English, mathematics & behavior. Have a curriculum on being a lawful citizens who obey lawful order by LEO.
— SKay (@sak2068) September 14, 2017
The thin blue line that keeps us from discussing the problem. How can you learn from it if it's squelched?
— Captain Hindsight (@Dekinblus) September 14, 2017
Do you think this chapter of Chicago’s history should be taught in schools?