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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