NC earns failing grade in teaching US History

Posted February 17, 2011

In a review by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute of academic standards for U.S. History, the state of North Carolina earns a failing grade. The majority of states – 28 – got a D or F for the standards set on what students are expected to learn about their country in grades K-12.

"U.S. history standards across the land are alarmingly weak,” said Fordham Institute President Chester E. Finn, Jr. “No wonder so many Americans know so little about our nation’s past."

Historians Sheldon M. Stern and Jeremy A. Stern looked for states that required coherent, chronological views of history, identifying and explaining real people and specific events with balance and context.



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  • bigbadbill Feb 18, 2011

    I'm afraid if it's not blipping on a screen at them it may never get through.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 18, 2011

    Too much time focused in younger grades on passing reading and math tests. No desire or interest left in students when all they're subjected to is drilling for end of grade tests.

  • alwaysamused Feb 17, 2011

    Change this headline to: "NC earns failing grade in LEARNING US History." A teacher can present engaging, relevant information to students day after day--info most of us would find interesting--but kids have to pay attention and learn it. Oh, and they have to READ--not a popular teen pastime these days.