social studies

  • Can We Solve the Civics Education Crisis?

    by Glenn C. Altschuler and David Wippman

    Universal schooling created the potential for a unifying civic curriculum that, paradoxically, has been the subject of perpetual disagreement regarding its contents. A recent bipartisan roadmap for civics education that makes those disagreements central to the subject matter may be the only way to move forward. 

  • Florida Rejects Social Studies Topics on Communism, "Taking a Knee"

    by Valerie Strauss

    After rejecting more than 80 percent of proposed materials for K-12 social studies courses, Florida accepted many revised materials but still rejected 35 percent. Topics refused? Social justice in the Hebrew Bible, national anthem protests, and prosperous countries with socialist economies. 

  • MAGA School Board Faces Backlash in Colorado

    When a right-wing slate of school board candidates took office in Woodland Park, Colorado, they hoped to "flood the zone" with rapid changes to curriculum, teacher policy, charter schools, and more. The public has become less enthusiastic, even many conservatives. 

  • Why CRT Belongs in the Classroom, and How to Do It Right

    by Stacie Brensilver Berman, Robert Cohen, and Ryan Mills

    "If classroom realities matter at all to those governors and state legislators who imposed CRT bans on schools, they ought to be embarrassed at having barred students in their states from the kind of thought provoking teaching we witnessed in this project."

  • Third Draft of Virginia History Standards Incorporates Responses to Some Criticisms

    After appointees of Glen Younkin rejected the detailed standards developed in consultation with historians, educators and museum professionals in favor of a stripped-down document with little attention to the history minority groups, a new draft has explicitly mandated discussions of racism in the K-12 curriculum. 

  • Partisan Politics on a State Standards Revision

    by Stephen Jackson

    The South Dakota Department of Education discarded the recommendations of a work group of scholars, educators and elected officials in favor of a second group appointed by the governor, including political allies and an emeritus professor from Hillsdale College, seriously undermining rigor in the state social studies curriculum.