Throwing money at failing public schools has not helped

Education Next has a short, but attention-grabbing article up about “In the News: $773 Million Later, de Blasio Ends Signature Initiative to Improve Failing Schools.” But, the article touches on more than the massive failure in New York City, pointing out in general that the massively funded School Improvement Grant program from the Obama era…

National survey shows Kentuckians have 2nd worst knowledge of history

Proposed Social Studies Standards won’t fix it, either It’s really sad. The Herald-Leader just reported how our state flunked a U.S history test in its article, “So why was Ben Franklin famous? Kentuckians flunk test of U.S. history knowledge.” The article is based on a recent report from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation that shows Kentucky…

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…