Kentucky social studies/history standards just got a “D” in new study from the Thomas Fordham Foundation.
“Kentucky’s heavily abstract and thematic standards not only fail to outline specific content in each grade, but also give little sense even of the historical time spans meant to be covered. Details of U.S. history make only fleeting appearances amid myriad strands, themes, and sub-themes.”
The report later says:
“Students are expected to understand, analyze, and interpret historical events, conditions, trends, and issues with the goal of developing historical perspective. Yet Kentucky’s U.S. history standards are virtually content-free.”
Teaching history without any factual information. Imagine that!
Let’s hope the new standards due in the next year or so are a big improvement.