Wayback Wednesday: These are the 7 most important things our students should be learning. Or maybe not.
I wrote this post about 18 months ago.
Back during the Before Times.
Back when, you know, things were normal and not so fricking . . . not normal. At the time, along with some amazing social studies rock stars, I got the chance to review and update the state standards document. That revised document was approved by the state board just days before all of this fricking . . . not normal stuff started. And I do think this newly approved, just rolled out document is better. It focuses on process while providing flexibility for local districts to decide on specific content.
And in many ways, it’s a fairly radical departure from what many state level standard documents look like. It’s got some suggestions on broad ideas and themes, some ideas on grade level scope and sequence. But no required history minutiae. No specific dates. Or people. Or events. We wanted kids to walk away with critical thinking skills that they can apply in a variety of contexts.
But now I’m curious.
If we had known then what we know now, would we have created something even more revisionist? As in, as the educational system is shifting towards a more blended, hybrid learning environment – one focused on problem-based learning, on a competency-based model rather than seat time – do the standards need to be pared down even more?
What truly is important for social studies students to know and be able to do? And do we even call them social studies students any more? Would Humanities students make more sense?
This Wayback Wednesday post focuses on 2018 Washington Post article that asked seven history gurus a simple question:
What are the most important things young people should be learning in school today?
Your homework is simple. Answer the question: Read more