OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma state senator has filed a measure that would require schools to teach historical Thanksgiving proclamations.
Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed Senate Bill 2, which would require Oklahoma schools to provide students with an understanding of the history and meanings of the holiday.
“It is important for all students to understand the importance of our nation’s history, including the role Thanksgiving plays in forming our country,” Dahm said. “These significant proclamations date back to our founding fathers, and students reading or hearing them leading up to Thanksgiving will give them a better understanding of what the holiday truly means historically.”
Officials say the measure includes five proclamations to be read or heard by students in Oklahoma’s public schools, public charter schools, virtual charter schools, career and technology schools, and higher education institutions.
The list includes:
- The Proclamation by the Continental Congress for a day of Thanksgiving in 1777
- The First Presidential Prayer Proclamation issued by George Washington in 1789
- The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944
- The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Ronald Reagan in 1985
- The Thanksgiving Proclamation issued by Oklahoma City Mayor Sidney Clarke in 1889.
Dahm filed the legislation but it did not complete the legislative process.