Re: Massachusetts History & Social Science Frameworks revisions

I welcome comments like Linda Morse's on standards.

Yes, it seems that there is no acknowledgement that the common good is contested ground as Keith Barton and Linda Levstik have written about in their _Teaching History for the Common Good_:

Massachusetts History & Social Science Frameworks revisions

I am reviewing the proposed changes to the Massachusetts frameworks and am deeply concerned about several aspects.  The vision statement at the beginning of the document does not mention improving student knowledge of history nor does it mention helping students to learn effective ways to interpret the past.  Also, the vision statement needs to be a measurable document if vision is synonomous with mission?  How can we measure "promote the ideals of equality, justice, liberty, and the common good?"  Throughout the document there are references to the "common good" which may have extremely di

Mandatory Civics Class - What grade? Why?

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


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