Elementary students will spend two months studying Africa before going on to U.S. history, according to Michigan’s new social studies curriculum. From the Detroit News:
Currently, teachers would need as many as eight weeks to cover the Africa portion of the American History section for elementary school, experts say. Some 800-plus African tribal nations — which existed prior to the 16th century — would need to be covered under this proposal.
That’s not sensitivity; that’s overkill. Two months of African history does not belong in American history; it belongs in world history.
In the original version, the K-12 curriculum avoided “America” to refer to the U.S., reports the News. In response to protests, “America” is back.
Education Gadfly praises the curriculum’s rigor and college-prep focus while agreeing the study of U.S. history should focus on the U.S.