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Re: Boston Public Schools to Eliminate History & Social Science Departments

As a follow-up to the post from Friday, here is a link to a response from the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Boston Public Schools, thoughtfully provided by the Executive Secretary of the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, June Coutu.

Re: Boston Public Schools to Eliminate History & Social Science Departments

As a former teacher (Technology Applications/Physical Science-Biology), I don't like this idea, but I think I understand why they have chosen this route. The main issue with education today is the fact that a large percentage of kids can't read or write very well. Their literacy levels are below par, and ELA is supposed to take care of this, but school systems are having a hard time trying to upgrade these levels. Also, pressure from state mandates and testing add to the crises. So, Boston is looking for a way ... a desperate move in my opinion ...

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Professional Development Opportunity, Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord, Massachusetts

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Professional Development Opportunity

Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord, Massachusetts

Summer 2014

Application Deadline: May 30, 2014

Park Contact: Jim Hollister, Jim_Hollister@nps.gov

The National Park Service Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program is an extended professional development opportunity for educators from K-12 schools.

Boston Public Schools to Eliminate History & Social Science Departments

It was announced today that the Boston Public School department is "reorganizing" by eliminating all Departments of History & Social Sciences in all schools and folding the departments into the Department of English Language Arts as a "Humanities Department" with the currciculum determined by the ELA Common Core Standards.  Certified history department heads/chairs are being laid off and, apaprently, no certified history specialist will be hired to replace any of these teachers.

ART: Metropolitan Museum of Art posts 400K photos on-line for non-commercial use

An article appeared today on the art blog site this colossal.com.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art has posted 400,000 digital images from their collection on-line, free for use by the non-commercial public.  This is a wonderful addition to the on-line photographic resources already available for history & social science students and faculty to use in Web page projects, Power Point presentations and other educational projects.  Check out the