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Hey, Florida Republicans…What’s Up With the New Civics Curriculum??

In May of 2010, the Florida House of Legislature unanimously passed a bill implementing a new emphasis on civics education.  This is an act of legislation that I do support, but are Republicans in the state paying attention to exactly what the content of the new civics instruction program will include?

At least one conscientious teacher is doing so, and trying to raise the alarm before it is too late!!

The state’s new exit exams are indicative of future curriculums that will be required educational material in the public schools.  Here’s an example of what is included in that curriculum:

•Describe the attempts to promote international justice
•Analyze the major factors that drove United States imperialism
•Analyze the effects of domestic terrorism on the American people.
•Examine the controversy surrounding the proliferation of nuclear technology in the United States
•Assess key figures and organizations in shaping the Black Power Movement.
•Analyze significant Supreme Court decisions relating to reproductive rights.
•Describe efforts by the United States and other world powers to avoid future wars
•Examine the failure of the United States to support the League of Nations
•Discuss the economic outcomes of demobilization.

Just to jog the memory of citizens, the state of Florida passed laws earlier this year that stipulate teacher’s pay will be based more on merit than strictly on tenure, using exit exams as a mechanism by which the teacher is evaluated.  It was an effort on the part of the state to improve the educational outcomes of the public school system. 

However, given the kinds of changes that have taken place in the curriculum, this now puts teachers in a precarious position.

While exit exams are a vital tool in evaluating student knowledge acquisition, they force very specific aspects of curriculum into being taught as accurate and factual. Teachers, who will now be evaluated and paid according to the exit exam’s specific details and student performance therein, are all but forced into teaching children “what to think.”

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The new Florida exit exam standards are a shocking move toward what one can only equate to soviet style propaganda to create a monolithic citizenry. In the case of high school American history, a look into the specifics of the exit exam is all that is needed as proof to an agenda directed in a planned process by groups that have no problem using whatever means necessary to acquire power and promote a twisted vision of America. Florida exit exams in the social sciences need to be stopped immediately and there needs to be a serious reconsideration of the entire process before moving ahead.

If it’s any consolation to the citizens of Florida, we’re facing some of the same kinds of issues here in NC where I live.  A certain portion of what is taking place regarding the content of these civics programs is due to use the acceptance of curriculums being offered by organizations such as Campaign for the Civic Mission Schools .

The Campaign for the Civic Mission Schools was created to expand and improve civic learning in our schools, grades K-12. The Campaign works with its 40 coalition partners, the Campaign’s Steering Committee, to bring about changes in state, local, and national policy that promote civic learning and implement the recommendations in the Civic Mission of Schools report, published in 2003 by Carnegie Corporation of New York and CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on civic Learning and Engagement at the University of Maryland). The report reflects a broad consensus among scholars and practitioners that most young Americans have a poor understanding of representative democracy and their role in it and that the schools need to play a major role.”

“The Campaign is hosted by the National Council for the Social Studies.  Funding for the Campaign comes from Carnegie Corporation of New Yorkand the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.”

This organization’s objectives and goals are defined within a report titled “Six Promising Approaches to Civics Education”.  Here is a list of those objectives:

1. Provide instruction in government, history, law and democracy.

2. Incorporate into the classroom discussion of current local, national and international issues and events, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.

3. Design and implement programs that provide students with the opportunity to apply what they learn through performing community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom instruction.

4. Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.

5. Encourage student participation in school governance.

6. Encourage student participation in simulations of democratic processes and procedures

 

The goals and objectives sound very positive, but it has to be considered within the context of what is included in the curriculum.  If the curriculum teaches a biased view of American history with a socialist bent, this totally alters the context in which the younger generations learns about their responsibilities and rights as American citizens.  The “new” scope of context being presented is one that favors acceptance of both socialism and world government as a societal norm, not something to be questioned.

 

I hope that in reading this, more citizens within in the state of Florida will pick up this alarm.  Contact your local representatives.  Ask them questions to determine how much know about the content of the new curriculum.  Tell them what your concerns are. let them know that you are awake and aware of it.

Vigilance is our responsibility as citizens. Let’s do it right, for all our sakes.

 

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  1. I was wondering when somebody would write about this. It’s creepy to the max… and not what I taught to foreign born military spouses seeking citizenship in this country. If civics is a valued curriculum then it should be taught right and the government would start there, with the test used to earn one’s citizenship.

    Otherwise it’s just another money drain when there’s propaganda aplenty without funding more of it.

    • Steph C, I’ve been watching this one unfold for a while now here in NC. The program in my state, which covers grades K-12, is coming primarily out of the UNC School of Government, which does lean to the left side of political spectrum on many things.

      The legislation in Florida that was passed in 2010 was presented by Republicans, so this is going to be laid at their door. I’m wondering whether they have taken the time to review the content of the program being proposed.

      If they haven’t, maybe they will if they hear enough from the citizens of that state.

      • I lay it at the feet of lazy politicians. Reading, and thereby comprehension, seem to be a dead skill for the political/government side of this country. The politcos farm out the bills for someone else to write and don’t bother to read them, either. We hear a lot of that from people on both sides of the political divide.

        I’m beginning to think a valid question to ask of candidates is how much do they read on any given day. Not so much what but if they do. Or do they get everything fed to them through the media or aide reports?

        If they answer is either or both, then follow up with: How do you know you can trust them?

        • I don’t know whether it is laziness or complacency or simply that they have become so acclimated to a certain status quo that they couldn’t see beyond it if their lives depended on it.

          But in an ironic kind of way, Steph C, this is turning into a good thing for we the people. Where our politicians are lacking in vigilance, we have to become that much more vigilant. “Question everything” is becoming our new SOP. And our kids are likely to learn quite a bit from that example.

  1. I was wondering when somebody would write about this. It’s creepy to the max… and not what I taught to foreign born military spouses seeking citizenship in this country. If civics is a valued curriculum then it should be taught right and the government would start there, with the test used to earn one’s citizenship.

    Otherwise it’s just another money drain when there’s propaganda aplenty without funding more of it.

    • Steph C, I’ve been watching this one unfold for a while now here in NC. The program in my state, which covers grades K-12, is coming primarily out of the UNC School of Government, which does lean to the left side of political spectrum on many things.

      The legislation in Florida that was passed in 2010 was presented by Republicans, so this is going to be laid at their door. I’m wondering whether they have taken the time to review the content of the program being proposed.

      If they haven’t, maybe they will if they hear enough from the citizens of that state.

      • I lay it at the feet of lazy politicians. Reading, and thereby comprehension, seem to be a dead skill for the political/government side of this country. The politcos farm out the bills for someone else to write and don’t bother to read them, either. We hear a lot of that from people on both sides of the political divide.

        I’m beginning to think a valid question to ask of candidates is how much do they read on any given day. Not so much what but if they do. Or do they get everything fed to them through the media or aide reports?

        If they answer is either or both, then follow up with: How do you know you can trust them?

        • I don’t know whether it is laziness or complacency or simply that they have become so acclimated to a certain status quo that they couldn’t see beyond it if their lives depended on it.

          But in an ironic kind of way, Steph C, this is turning into a good thing for we the people. Where our politicians are lacking in vigilance, we have to become that much more vigilant. “Question everything” is becoming our new SOP. And our kids are likely to learn quite a bit from that example.

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