When will Kentucky’s kids learn about the Holocaust under the proposed social studies standards?

It’s a real puzzle. The pending revision to Kentucky’s public school social studies standards acknowledges on Page 8 that: “…all public middle and high school’s curriculum shall include instruction on the Holocaust and other cases of genocide….” That’s a legal requirement right out of Section 1, Paragraph (1) (a) (3) in House Bill 128 from…

No, parent participation in school council elections isn’t like voter participation in the last governor’s race

More evidence that Kentucky needs to improve the current school council program and offer parents something else – say school choice – that might really get them interested I just got challenged by a local school board and former school council member regarding the VERY low participation of parents in elections for school council members…

As nuclear weapons treaties vanish before our eyes, Kentucky’s new social studies standards will leave our kids clueless

Nuclear weapons are a hot news topic right now. On February 1, 2019 the New York Times reported the US cancellation of a Reagan-era treaty with Russia following a history of violations. Today, NBC News reports that NATO is concerned and considering new options. For sure, the Iran Nuclear Deal has been a recent hot…

Why Kentucky’s social studies standards need to be fairly detailed

New standards for Kentucky’s instruction of social studies were approved by the Kentucky Board of Education on February 6, 2019. As I pointed out in a previous blog, based on comparisons to standards from Massachusetts and Indiana, two states with highly regarded standards, a lot of specific material is stunningly missing in the new Kentucky…

Comparing Kentucky’s new social studies standards to highly regarded standards from other states

Continuing our discussion of concerns about the social studies standards revision approved by the Kentucky Board of Education on February 6, 2019, we created some comparisons to social studies standards from Massachusetts and Indiana, two states which – among other acknowledgments – have in the past received high marks for their history coverage from the…

Board of Education approves clearly problematic social studies standards

Yesterday, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt new social studies standards. That’s leading to a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what the board was thinking, because the standards that got approved are clearly problematic. I’ll be looking at a number of issues with these standards in future blogs, but…

National board overseeing NAEP Tweets up our blog about Florida and Kentucky NAEP Results

We got some interesting attention from a real source of expertise on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – none other than the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) itself! In case you missed our 5-part blog series on how Florida and Kentucky compare on the NAEP Grade 4 reading assessments over time, here are…