ERIC Number: EJ1173633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Manifestation of Campbell's Law: Consequences of Eliminating of Social Studies from the Curriculum
Byrd, Marie; Varga, Bretton A.
Social Studies, v109 n1 p27-33 2018
The manifestation of Campbell's Law is examined in light of the current era in American public schools of high stakes testing inclusive of narrowed curriculums and teaching to the test. The decades-long practice of reducing instructional time of non-tested subjects, which includes social studies fundamentals, has resulted in a less informed citizenry. Social studies instruction promotes citizens who are able to make informed decisions that are inclusive of differentiating between facts, generalizations, and opinions without bias. The construction of individual viewpoints through a narrow lens without discrimination between opinions and historical facts is of concern today as Americans form opinions regarding controversial social issues and engage in social activism.
Descriptors: Social Studies, Public Education, Citizenship Education, High Stakes Tests, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Problems, Activism, Current Events, Time Factors (Learning), Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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