Latest Social science education News

Debate begins on Ohio's critical race theory ban bills

Sep. 22, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A debate over teaching the role of racism in American history was highlighted Wednesday as a committee weighed two bills before Ohio legislators that would prohibit such instruction. Teaching that focuses on the effect of racism on society would be...

Noem: Changes to social studies standards should be delayed

Sep. 20, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday she told the state Department of Education to delay changes to social studies standards up to one year to allow more people to weigh in on the recommendations. Noem’s move follows recent calls by the...

Push for Native American curriculum in schools makes gains

Sep. 14, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

For years, many Native American tribes have felt their history has not been given its due by schools in Connecticut, a state that takes its name from an Algonquian word meaning “land on the long tidal river.” Soon, however, schools will be required to teach Native...

Time, misinfo complicate teaching 9/11 to kids born after it

Sep. 09, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nagla Bedir didn't discuss Sept. 11 with her New Jersey high school students last year. Mid-pandemic, with remote learning, it wasn't a conversation she wanted to have via computer screen. But this year, returning to the classroom just after the end of America's...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 08, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. Sept. 6, 2021. Editorial: 20 years after 9/11, reflecting on grief, justice, and vengeance By the time the sun set on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, a wounded, grieving nation wept. The full magnitude of the loss of life...

Pulitzer Prize winner launching literacy program in Iowa

Sep. 02, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist known for her writing on race is joining with educators in Iowa to launch a free community-based after-school literacy program in her hometown. Nikole Hannah-Jones said the 1619 Freedom School will hold a soft...

Texas school system closes after 2 teachers die of COVID-19

Aug. 31, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas school district closed its schools until after the Labor Day holiday Tuesday after two teachers died last week of COVID-19. Connally Independent School District officials closed its five suburban Waco schools for the rest of the week...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Aug. 04, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

Bowling Green Daily News. August 3, 2021. Editorial: Med Center makes right call on vaccine requirement Once again, much of southcentral Kentucky finds itself at a critical juncture in the seemingly endless fight against COVID-19. As of Tuesday,...

Spokane school district releases report on racial incident

Jul. 31, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane school district has released the findings of an investigation into an early May incident at a middle school when Black twin sisters were asked to clean cotton along with other students in a social studies class exploring the industrial revolution and the...

African heritage and history curriculum bill signed into law

Jul. 30, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public schools in Rhode Island are now required to teach a comprehensive African American history and heritage curriculum under legislation signed into law Friday by Gov. Daniel McKee. “The inclusion of African heritage and history in Rhode...