History is history under proposed K-12 standards

  • Article by: CHUCK CHALBERG
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 7:18 PM

Is Minnesota revising history as it revises standards?

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davehougJan. 17, 13 7:52 PM

It has been decades since high school history. Yet I'd be willing to test myself against any student taught with these standards about what the heck has happened in the world since 1492.

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elmore1Jan. 17, 13 8:04 PM

Good article Chuck! It seems like they have understated some of the things that made America what it is. Go figure...

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farcicalJan. 17, 13 8:46 PM

Many of Chalberg's complaints are addressed in the government/citizenship/economics strands. This is the problem with myopic analysis framed within political bias. Social Studies is more than history. It IS political, but good teachers present diverse perspectives (not just racial or ethnic) and help students develop an ethos within the framework of basic human values. Stick to history at Normandale and leave K-12 to the experts in their field.

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jarlmnJan. 17, 1310:04 PM

It is indeed 'farcical' to teach "perspectives" rather than actual, concrete history. I frankly cringe that students are now set to learn even less than previously, about the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights. I guess things written by 'old white men' are now irrelevant to today's curriculum, crafted by "K-12 experts in their field." Let's instead just make stuff up by induced leftist "ethos" as we go along? The leftist political bias in these new standards is pathetically evident.

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faustusJan. 17, 1310:34 PM

I recall being inculcated in "patriotism" in school while the country was fighting the "good and noble" fight in Vietnam. I missed that war by about five years. I also recall my first (and excellently taught) college history class, by a professor who was a 'Nam combat vet. An eye- and mind-opening class/experience for an 18-year-old Oklahoma kid raised on John Wayne movies. I look forward to the Star Tribune running another take on this issue in its Op-Ed pages ... one written by someone who actually teaches K-12 and who isn't "a senior fellow at Center of the American Experiment" and a teacher at a junior college.

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martiankingJan. 17, 1310:43 PM

A big problem all school boards have to face when finding direction for books and curricula, is that there are always going to be groups that feel their side is being slighted. Trying to find that middle ground is the hardest thing to do, but inevitably, someone's feelings are going to get hurt. There is also the issue that people expect schools to teach children all they need to know in life. The school does it's job properly when they can get the children to want to go out on their own and find more information on a subject. To make them more inquisitive so that they will want to be the inventors, writers, and scientists we need for the future of our country. Hopefully your children will be the ones that will want to go and learn more about the things they are taught in school, and make an informed decision on their own.

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rarmstrongJan. 17, 1311:08 PM

Farcical said "good teachers present diverse perspectives . . . and help students develop an ethos within the framework of basic human values." Maybe good history teachers should just present the facts, and let the kids develop their own "ethos"?

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gophfan10101Jan. 18, 13 5:16 AM

When you ask today's kids what the Holocaust was and they look at you like a deer in the headlights, you know we have a problem. When, during a political discussion, you have people compare a current political figure to Hitler, you know you have a problem. When you have people in that same political discussion compare anything going on today to Nazism, you know you have a problem. WWII happened only 70 years ago, yet people have NO idea what was all involved and the history behind it. Its quite sad....

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twspt7Jan. 18, 13 5:32 AM

"It's one thing to water down content (which the 2012 tweaking has done). It's another thing to tilt the American story in a left-liberal direction (which is also being done)" Unfortunately, without being able to view the document in question, we simply have to take Chalberg's word that those darn liberals are "tweaking" history in a "left-liberal"(two code words in one!) direction. Given Chalberg's penchant for finding a liberal under every rock and behind every tree in his past writings which have appeared in this paper, one could be justified in taking his fears and accusations with a large grain of salt.

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keeleysonJan. 18, 13 5:32 AM

In 1960, the educational system in the US was first in the world. Amazingly, the cost per pupil was $2835, (in today's dollars). In 2009, with the US ranked in the middle of the pack, the cost per pupil was $10,694, nearly 4 times what it had been in 1960. The educational mafia in the United States has continuously fought for lower standards and, through wasteful spending on administrative staff, facilities, and sweet book deals with the publishers, soaring costs for parents and the taxpayer. The comments about "good teachers" and diverse perspectives is specious at best. What are the diverse perspectives concerning the Declaration of Independence...or the American Revolution? Teach nothing....expect nothing....receive nothing. And the educators can pat themselves on the back and ask for a raise once again.

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