NC's New Draft Social Studies Curriculum

After much review the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is out with the second draft of the proposed Social Studies Essential Standards for kindergarten through 12th grade.

The DPI says "Included in this second draft is a two-year sequence of US History that will give educators more time to cover the full scope and depth of the course material."

The US History 1 course will provide a study of European Exploration of the New World through the Reconstruction Era (post Civil War). The US History 2 course will provide a study of the 19th century to contemporary time.

The proposed standards also feature courses for World History and Civics and Economics.

Comment and formal feedback about the draft from the state's local school districts and other individuals and groups will be accepted until Nov. 10, 2010. This feedback will then be considered and used to develop future drafts until a final draft is sent to the State Board of Education for action.

In addition to the two US History courses at the high school level, other key elements of the revised K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards include a study of US History in fifth grade; a study of North Carolina and US History in eighth grade; the integration of financial literacy and environmental literacy throughout the K-12 standards; the continued focus on North Carolina history in fourth grade; and a study of world civilizations and societies in sixth and seventh grades with a focus on geography and cultures.

Click on the link below to read the proposed standards.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2010 at 11:37 AM
    I think it is great. Especially splitting the US History in High School to 2 classes. There is so much US History now one class can not cover it all.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Oct 13, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    I can hardly wait to have our kids learn all about environmental literacy. Sounds more like brainwashing to me.
  • by Oh C'mon Location: In the 21st Century on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:20 PM
    Are you serious? You're actually more concerned about placing a racially motivated comment than something of some significance that actually relates to the fact that - not only is the education system lacking in NC, but in the entire nation as well? And if you wish to bring up this fact why not tell a little more? Maybe that in 1654, John Casor, an African, became the first legally recognized slave in the present United States. A court in Northampton County, VA ruled against Casor, declaring him property for life, "owned" by the black colonist Anthony Johnson. Since persons with African origins were not English citizens by birth, they were not necessarily covered by English Common Law. And while you're at it, why not say that IN ADDITION to African slaves, Europeans, mostly Irish,Scottish, English, and Germans,were brought over in SUBSTANTIAL numbers as indentured servants, sometimes referred to as "white slaves". I suppose you forgot or didn't know about that?
  • by NOfaith Location: enc on Oct 12, 2010 at 08:58 PM
    Bet they won't teach the civil war era correctly or the FACT that the first American slave holder was a black man. (Antonio Johnson). I wish I was more optimistic.
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