NC Backs Down On History Curriculum Change

25 02 2010

Make darn sure that your state teaches US History from it's beginnings. Also make sure the Constitution is taught in High School.

Well – well – well, it looks like all the emailing and phone calling has paid off. Many of you know that I have been trying to get in to see the Curriculum Director for the County that I live in. To be honest, that has not gone well. In my first phone conversation the Director seemed very eager to help and answer questions. For some reason, all that eagerness seemed to have changed prior to me calling him at his office for an appointment. Just because he wouldn’t talk to me didn’t mean nobody else would, so I talked to two different people at the state level in Raleigh NC. They in turn also gave me the email addresses of a few others that would be involved in the final Curriculum decision process. Although NOBODY would return my phone calls, especially the guy in my own county, I hope in some small way that we helped to get the message across.

 
Below is some great news, but we still have to see what they come up with in April. Thanks everyone.

Gio-

 

State changes mind about history curriculum 

Published Tue, Feb 16, 2010 06:33 PM
Modified Tue, Feb 16, 2010 06:35 PM 

By Lynn Bonner – Staff writer 

State education officials yielded to critics of a proposal that would have limited the required high school U.S. history course to events of the last 132 years. 

The proposal to concentrate early U.S. history in the elementary and middle school grades drew criticism from teachers, parents and politicians, who said such a plan would dumb-down or eliminate important events from classroom instruction. 

Rebecca Garland, the chief academic officer at the state Department of Public Instruction, told legislators Tuesday the agency used the feedback from 7,000 e-mails on the proposed social studies curriculum to come up with two new options. 

Both options involve expanding U.S. history to two courses. The new draft social studies curriculum will be ready in April, Garland said. 


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25 02 2010
Doc's Wife

Gio–GREAT NEWS!!! This proposed curriculum change made the front page of our local paper last week. Our teacher daughter said many, many teachers in our county were raising hell about it. It is nice to hear some good news amidst all the health care crap today!! The people in Raleigh do, however, still need to be watched on this. PS–my husband posted on something last night to you, and he screwed up MY name, and I cannot get it changed back to me. Any suggestions? I just added wife to the end.

25 02 2010
Doc's Wife

Gio–never mind. The name straightened itself out. If he wants to talk, he can get his own name and leave mine alone. Too much cabin fever!

25 02 2010
giovanniworld

Cabin fever can do that to people. Just a suggestion… since you have taken Doc’s Wife he may want to consider using just Doc. Watcha think?

Gio-

25 02 2010
DCG

Good news for the children of NC!

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