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.
Welcome to H-High-S! The primary purpose of H-High-S is to facilitate an ongoing discussion of curriculum, instructional strategies, and educational resources involved in teaching history, social studies, and related subjects in American secondary schools.
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 ...
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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.
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