ERIC Number: ED340631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
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Social Studies Reform and Global Education: California, New York, and the Report of the National Commission on Social Studies.
Fleming, Dan B.
There has been a movement in social studies education in recent years to provide greater emphasis on global education. This paper evaluates efforts undertaken in this regard by the states of California and New York and by the National Commission on Social Studies in the Schools. California adopted a History-Social Science Framework for their public schools in July, 1987. The study of history is the linchpin of this K-12 curriculum. A significant amount of time is devoted to world history, with courses taught in grades 6, 7, and 10. In two places, grades 10 and 12, the curriculum focuses on problems and issues of the world today in an open-ended approach. The State of New York's revised social studies curriculum was implemented in stages over the course of the 1980s. While not as far-reaching in its emphasis on global education as California's curriculum, New York's program devotes significant time to developing a global perspective. The main global education thrust of the curriculum is found in grades 9 and 10 under the title of "global studies." The New York program seems to have more of a "citizenship" building and contemporary flavor to it than does California. The National Commission on the Social Studies in the Schools Report, "Charting a Course: Social Studies for the 21st Century," was issued in November 1989. The cornerstone of the report is the 3-year (grades 9-11) world and U.S. history and geography sequence. The goal is to integrate national and historical change to allow students to connect the national past with its larger international setting. However, the report fails to give adequate attention to the contemporary world. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California; New York