ERIC Number: EJ882679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-31
Rewriting of States' Standards on Social Studies Stirs Debate
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v29 n27 p1, 18-19 Mar 2010
As debate continues around the development and adoption of common standards in English and mathematics, several states are independently wrestling with rewrites of standards in a content area largely absent from that national discussion--social studies--and encountering their own shares of controversy. Flash points in the social studies debates tend to occur in the teaching of history, from what should be taught to when and how much. As Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio rewrite their social studies standards, the expectations around history are stirring controversy. Efforts to rewrite social studies standards come as concerns persist that this and other subjects, such as the arts, are getting squeezed out of the classroom because of the federal No Child Left Behind Act's emphasis on reading and math. In addition to North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas, at least two other states--Oregon and South Carolina--are currently revising social studies standards, though both are early in the process and have yet to release a draft for public comment. This article discusses how rewriting of states' standards on social studies stirs debate and controversy.
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Social Studies, History Instruction, United States History, Politics of Education, Political Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Ohio; Oregon; South Carolina; Texas