With No Child Left Behind up for renewal, the debate over the decline of social studies instruction has been heating up. There is really no question that students are performing poorly in history and civics these days with only 12% of students scoring at a “proficient” level in 2010’s National Assessment of Educational Progress. A few lives ago I was a history teacher, so maybe I’m biased, but I think that this is a crying shame.
“A primary object…should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing…than…communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country.” – George Washington
Besides being beneficial, kids love learning about things that happened long ago and people who live in different lands. Think about it, castles, princesses (the poofy-dressed kind), knights, pirates, cowboys, and Victorian tea parties are things of days gone by. Not to mention that far off places are the settings for wild animal adventures and mountain climbing expeditions. This is exciting stuff!
While fighting the battle in the legislature is worthwhile, the implementation of any change will take time. In the meantime, there are some fantastic resources you can use with your kids at home. So, I’m going to share all I can about how you can increase your child’s understanding of history, civics, and geography. (I’m going to love writing these posts. I love OLD stuff!)