A WHOLE LOT!
I’ve been looking through the state’s current Kentucky Core Academic Standards for social studies (online in this document along with all the other subject standards). I wanted to see what material currently required statewide in social studies courses isn’t even mentioned in the draft proposed standards that were presented to the Kentucky Board of Education on October 7, 2014.
In short order, I assembled this very incomplete – but very revealing – list. It shows omitted topics in the proposed draft along with the first grade level where the current standards mention those topics and the page number in the current Kentucky Core Academic Standards where that first reference appears.
Some startlingly key concepts and specifics found in Kentucky’s current social studies standards will disappear if the Kentucky Board of Education is unwise enough to adopt the proposal presented on October 7, 2014. That would mean instruction in these areas would become very non-uniform across the state, if the subjects even continue to be taught at all in some schools.
I hope you share my deep disappointment that social studies instructors in this state would not be expected to provide our students with this important foundational information about our country. Clearly, these proposals will not sit well with the vast majority of Kentuckians, and it is disappointing that anyone would create them without the material shown above included.
There is still time to act, fortunately. The Kentucky Board of Education must review the standards at least one more time in their December 2014 meeting before they can be adopted. Board members need to hear from Kentuckians that we do not want our kids to be ignorant of important information about our state and nation that will help our students secure their own happiness and prosperity in the future.
You can find contact information for the board members here, and I urge you to reach out to at least your own region’s representative before that fateful December meeting occurs.