Most states’ U.S. history standards are “mediocre to awful,” concludes a Fordham Foundation study. Nationwide, the average state got a D. Eighteen states earned F’s.
South Carolina earned an A and Alabama, California, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York and D.C. earned an A-. So did the U.S. history framework used by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
On Ed Next’s blog, A. Graham Down praises David Awbrey’s A Journalist’s Education in the Classroom, which describes his attempt to teach history to middle school students who thought “any kind of learning, especially history” was “totally irrelevant to their lives.”
. . . despite David Awbrey’s heartfelt and totally admirable championship of the liberal arts, and his best intentions to the contrary, his book is more of a depressant than a source of inspiration.
. . . David Awbrey’s courage and tenacity should be applauded. His efforts to revitalize traditional history instruction are both imaginative and compelling.
But it’s not one of those books where the nice white lady (or gent) saves the day.
Update: Texas corrected the liberal bias and then introduced a heap of conservative bias, writes Mike Petrilli.