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Second U.S. history course added in N.C. high schools

Posted December 2, 2010

— The State Board of Education on Thursday revised the high school curriculum to require students to pass two U.S. history courses to graduate.

"Our students cannot become productive citizens without an understanding of the people and events that have shaped our nation and our world," Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson said in a statement.

The first course will focus on exploration of the New World through Reconstruction, while the second course will study the late 19th century through contemporary times.

The new standards take effect with high school freshmen in 2012-13.

The requirement reverses an earlier proposal that called for 11th-graders to study U.S. history only from 1877 to the present.

Officials had said that the single course would allow more time to study recent historical events, such as the Vietnam War and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but critics said it wouldn't have offered students enough of a background of the early years of the country, up to and including the Civil War.

Under the standards for social studies instruction that the Board of Education approved Thursday, students also would study U.S. history in the fifth and eighth grades, North Carolina history in the fourth and eighth grades and world history in the sixth and seventh grades.

The new standards also include a stronger focus on financial literacy.

"It is never too early to start gaining an understanding of how to manage personal finances," State Treasurer Janet Cowell, a member of the education board, said in a statement. "(The new standards) will provide every North Carolina child with the basic financial skills to achieve personal and financial success."


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  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Dec 3, 2010

    Paise stated, "If the EOG has nothing to hurt teachers/principals, why teach the test so hot & heavy rather than teaching children real education they need to know then? If there's no $$ bonus then it's a job bonus.They aren't hot & heavy on the test for no reason.I didn't fall of the turnip truck yesterday."
    Well my dear,in this instance,you did fall off the turnip truck & hit your head!Teachers dont get bonuses finanically or a "job bonus" (whatever that means) for EOC scores!That was been taken away a few years back and even teachers who don't teach EOCs were getting the bonus, which used to drive me crazy! That is besides the point though.Tests have become our way of life by no fault of our own.Our year-end evaluation as a teacher is based on EOC scores.Our "discussions" with principals are all about our test scores.We gain nothing from good scores but we get scolded for bad scores, get moved to a non-EOC course and non-tenured teachers can lose their jobs.How is that for a bonus?

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Dec 3, 2010

    Paise: Again, no one has jumped on you about your parenting. Stop being so defensive. Obviously, you know there is a problem somewhere in the whole education system or your kids would be in the system full time. You are the minority, unfortunately, in child-rearing these days. All parents are not as maginificent as you. Stcik with the issue we are discussing at hand instead of constantly standing up for yourself as a parent when no one has called YOU a bad parent!

  • TheDude abides... Dec 3, 2010

    Paise- I understand that you are an exceptional parent. Too bad the majority are too lazy to even compare to your efforts.

    But come on. Realize that your situation is an exception to the rule. If you really believe that the majority of families are as resposible as yours in regards to education, then you are living in a fantasy-land.

    Get a grip on reality. Hopefully you were just using this argument to brag on your kids...THATS LOGIC I CAN UNDERSTAND.

  • flyingcheetah92 Dec 3, 2010

    "A shame they don't require four years of history instead of two." oldrebel

    As a matter of fact there is 4 years of social studies required for graduation from high school. In order to graduate a student must take Civics and economics where they learn about the history of the government, historical court cases etc. World History, and now two U.S. History classes.

  • oldrebel Dec 2, 2010

    A shame they don't require four years of history instead of two.

  • blackdog Dec 2, 2010

    It is quite obvious that we need to increase knowledge...

  • paise Dec 2, 2010

    Dat MoFo The lottery money was put into place to help w/costs for schools. The new construction is thanks to the influx of people who are moving to NC & out of the inner cities not to mention the high rate of illegals in this county. At 1 time, WRAL even had an article stating Johnston Co. had the highest # of Illegals than any other county in the state. Oddly enough, it didn't surprise me. The girls & I can't go to department stores over the weekends b/c they all hang out loitering and making obscene comments thinking nobody knows what they're saying. My Spanish isn't great but I know enough to recognize ugly remarks degrading women as objects rather than human beings & I'm sick of it.

    If the EOG has nothing to hurt teachers/principals, why teach the test so hot & heavy rather than teaching children real education they need to know then? If there's no $$ bonus then it's a job bonus. They aren't hot & heavy on the test for no reason. I didn't fall of the turnip truck yesterday.

  • paise Dec 2, 2010

    Re: YoucanthandletheTRUTH I take offense to that broad and narrow-minded comment. There are more parents out there doing right by their children & you seem to be dismissing us completely! Do you even have children of your own - ones you gave birth to & are raising? Perhaps it's b/c I live in an affluent area where parents actually expect their children to behave b/c they were taught to behave & know the high-cost of repercussions if they don't but whatever the reason, you are lumping far too many parents, good parents, into one stereotype. The rule I raise my children by came from a surrogate mom (an aunt) who is no longer with us but long b4 I had kids of my own (I raised my brother w/same sentiments) she taught me that parenting wasn't a popularity contest. You can't be your child's best friend & parent too. In addition, you teach kids to behave at a young age b/c it's easier to show them what is acceptable or not when they're say 5 vs when they turn 15 & it's too late.& It works.

  • freedom monkey Dec 2, 2010

    I can't believe it! But I wonder if they will teach true history like the; Kennedy Assassination, Gulf of Tonkin, Pearl Harbor, Iran-Contra, and 911.

  • Dat MoFo Dec 2, 2010

    Paise, teachers do not get bonuses based on EOG test scores. That was done away two years ago. Lottery money goes to school construction, not funding existing schools. Schools are not getting additional funding due to the lottery.