George Washington, Ben Franklin back in social studies rewrite
The absence of George Washington and the other Founding Fathers from a proposed rewrite of Nebraska’s social studies standards caused a stir.
America’s Founding Fathers and other essential historical figures and dates will be added to proposed new Nebraska social studies standards, a state official leading the rewrite said Tuesday.
Their absence from an earlier draft, which focused instead on broad concepts and themes, drew criticism from the public and some members of the Nebraska Board of Education when released in April.
“At this point, it’s not finished, but we will definitely be adding historical figures back in there,” said Donlynn Rice, administrator of curriculum, instruction and innovation in the Nebraska Department of Education. “We listened to the input.”
However, fresh concerns about the standards were raised Tuesday as Rice briefed state board members on the progress of the rewrite.
Board member John Sieler expressed concern that the initial draft standards treat man-made global warming as fact not theory, advocate global government and fail to emphasize American exceptionalism.
“Not all cultures are equivalent,” he said.
Sieler said constituents have complained to him that the rewrite process was not open to the public. Rice said there will be ample opportunity for public input on the next draft, through an online survey and a public hearing.
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