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A new draft of history: Curriculum change defeated by negative feedback

Posted February 16, 2010
Updated February 17, 2010

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— The state's Chief Academic Officer said Tuesday that a draft plan to revise the history curriculum in North Carolina public high schools is "dead on arrival."

Rebecca Garland made the comments during a meeting of the Education Legislative Joint Committee.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is in the early stages of a plan to change the curriculum statewide.

In an initial draft, DPI proposed splitting the study of U.S. history into two courses, with the early years of the republic to be covered in civics and economics classes in 10th grade and the focus of 11th-grade history to be on the era from 1877 to the present.

In more than 7,000 e-mails, the public expressed displeasure with that plan. The 115 school districts in the state have until March 2 to offer their feedback.

DPI has already begun work on a second draft proposal, Garland said. Among the options to be considered:

  • Requiring two courses of U.S. history in high school, with the first to cover up to 1877 and the second to cover 1877 to the present;
  • Requiring that U.S. history from 1877 to the present be taught in high school and allowing individual schools and districts to decide when to offer a course on the earlier years.

The second draft is expected to be made public sometime in April, and it, too, will be open to feedback from the public and the school systems before any changes would be implemented.

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  • TimInNC Feb 17, 2010

    Sure you could have, horse rescue. You could ahve said something that actually amde sense and was based in fact.

  • icdumbpeople Feb 17, 2010

    "The real problem as I see it is that the federal government is pouring billions of our tax dollars into a system that is indoctrinating our children into subservient idiots. We need to get our schools away from a government that is hell bent on destroying everything that America stands for."

    Wow.. could not have said it better myself!!

  • NeverSurrender Feb 17, 2010

    "Wow..just wow. Are you serious? Oh wait, your first sentence said you were. Please go back and read your history books. A TON of IMPORTANT US history happened prior to 1877. And yes, it affects how we live today. I am curious though, why 1877 was chosen as an arbitrary year."

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    Most of the American history survey books that span multiple volumes I've read tend to pick that year (the end of Reconstruction) as a good break point.

  • JennyT Feb 17, 2010

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

  • blackdog Feb 17, 2010

    ...I expect the next proposal will draw dissent also.

  • TimInNC Feb 17, 2010

    I agree, 2 years of NC Hist is too much. I prefer the high stakes testing myself, but think it should include History and Civics as well. I also prefer Year Round schooling, and would like to see a Federal set of standards and Federal tests instead of local boards setting them. As it is Texas gets to decide what is in the text books for the rest of the country.

    I just keep reminding myself every time I see NC taking a step back from making actual improvements in our education system that this is the state that changed the school year to placate the tourism industry.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 17, 2010

    TiminNC- They could end the high stakes testing in Reading and Math which forces schools to neglect Social Studies. They could also mandate Social Studies be taught in two semesters each year in High School (Currently not the case though I see they are now thinking of that due to the outcry). They could also stop teaching about North Carolina for TWO full years in elementary school and middle school. This would free up one year to actually teach U.S. History.

  • Eduardo1 Feb 17, 2010

    Are we talking about revisionist history?
    How can someone(s) come up with a year such as 1877 or any other year and teach history from that point on
    Are we speaking about political correct history to change what has happened and rewrite it? Have we really gone back-in-time to see what occurred?

  • TimInNC Feb 17, 2010

    wayneboyd, and turn them over to the corporations that don't care about America period? yeah...that'll work.

  • wayneboyd Feb 17, 2010

    The real problem as I see it is that the federal government is pouring billions of our tax dollars into a system that is indoctrinating our children into subservient idiots. We need to get our schools away from a government that is hell bent on destroying everything that America stands for.

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