It didn’t take the Kentucky Board of Education very long to more or less rubber stamp a very deficient change to the state’s social studies standards, approving a “Statement of Consideration” that mostly ignored public comments from 27 different individuals and left things virtually unchanged from the deficient version the board reviewed in February.
The board’s meeting was recorded, and you can click on the video below to hear the start of the board’s discussion about the standards through the final vote on the Statement of Consideration about 10 minutes later.
Notice in the video that the presenter said that there was “Really nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the comments received.” She continued, “Nothing was really about the standards.”
You can see the comments I submitted by clicking here.
While I certainly raised some technical issues (Yes, the name for the Appalachian Mountains is supposed to have both words capitalized), I included plenty of direct comments about deficiencies in the standards, too.
I pointed out that those deficiencies start at a really basic level. The revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies that the board just approved say on Page 11 that there are just “four disciplinary strands in social studies (civics, geography, economics and history).”
That’s really interesting because right now the Kentucky Department of Education’s own web site says:
“The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) states that social studies “is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” For students to become fully empowered participants in democracy, students must draw upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology as well as content from the humanities to develop broad conceptual understandings in social studies.”
With civics included, I make that 13 different disciplines to be covered, not just four. See the table below:
Who decided Kentucky’s kids would be limited to just four discipline areas out of more than a dozen that social studies should cover?