Whether the United States government is qualitatively unique is a hotly debated topic. Even more controversial is how that proposition should be taught in school. On Friday, the Nebraska Board of Education will vote on proposed changes to the K-12 Social Sciences state standards, the first in more than a decade, sparking new interest in what should be included in the classroom.
“We’ve been very pleased by the response that we’ve gotten from the public,” said Donlynn Rice, Curriculum Director of the Nebraska Department of Education. “Social studies is citizenship in action and people are very interested in what happens with these standards.”
On Nov. 15, public forums were held in five Educational Service Units in North Platte, Wakefield, La Vista, Lincoln and Kearney to receive feedback. An online survey about the revisions received an unprecedented response rate with more than 1,000 completed surveys, in addition to emails and letters.