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Mandatory Civics Class - What grade? Why?

I am reviewing the recent Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework

www.doe.mass.edu/candi/StandardsReview/hss.html (see pp.79-86 for grade 8 standards - I have some thoughts on these too...)

And the state (DESE) is thinking of adopting a required grade 8 civics course.

I have always thought 12 would be best.  Right before the real world, age of majority, and voting.

I would also be for letting districts decide where it should fall but that can be a bit messy if the state

Analysis of State Curriculum Standards and Inclusion of Women's History

Dear colleagues,

The National Women's History Museum has recently concluded an analysis of the U.S. state K-12 curriculum standards and their inclusion of women’s history. The report, Where are the Women? A Report on the Status of Women in the United States Social Studies Curriculum, can be found here:  https://www.womenshistory.org/social-studies-standards 

Here’s some bullet points summarizing what they learned: