The First to Require Civil Rights Curriculum
Mississippi officials believe they may be the first state to implement such a requirement, according to a report in the Atlanta Post. Students will answer civil rights questions on state assessment exams necessary for graduation from high school. While this addition will ensure civil rights are taught in schools, how the lessons are taught will in large part be up to individual teachers.
"What I find in this level of class, they know who the people are, but they don't understand the story," Payola told Nola. "They're old enough to see racism on the street. They get angry. I love when they get angry. It really pushes the nonviolent discussion."
Opposition to the Requirement