This is admittedly more of a state issue, but the ramifications are obvious for Wake County.
As noted in today's article by Lynn Bonner, the state Department of Public Instruction is considering a new social studies curriculum in which U.S. history in 11th-grade would only cover 1877 to the present. Currently, it covers 1789 to the present.
State education officials have been under siege since Fox News reported on the change on Wednesday. People have been in an uproar over the exclusion of the Founding Fathers and the Civil War from the class.
The state is defending the proposed changes on the grounds that they'd cover early U.S. history in elementary and middle school. They say that starting after Reconstruction in high school U.S. history will allow students to spend more time studying recent history.
“What students are telling us is the part of history they don’t know is the history of today, of the 20th Century,” said Rebecca Garland, chief academic officer for the state Department of Public Instruction, in today's article.
That kind of explanation doesn't wash with folks like Steve Noble, chairman of Called2Action, a conservative Christian group. He sent an ActionGram Thursday night to his members urging them to lobby against the new curriculum.
"The progressive, historical revisionism that seeks to undermine the Judeo-Christian heritage of our nation is alive and well within the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction," Noble writes in the ActionGram.
Noble is urging people to contact their local school boards to get them to also oppose the curriculum.
This could turn into a repeat of the 2001 social studies curriculum fight. Back then, state educators proposed eliminating North Carolina history from eighth-grade. They had pointed out that North Carolina history would still be taught in fourth-grade.
In the ensuing uproar, the General Assembly passed a bill requiring that students continue to study the Tar Heel state in fourth- and eighth-grades. It was passed even though the state Board of Education had pledged not to change the eighth-grade curriculum.
The new history fight could wind up in this year's legislative short session.
Click here to view the current social studies curriculum.
Click here to view the proposed new curriculum. There's a link on the page to provide feedback. Comments will be taken until Feb. 15.
State Schools Supt. June Atkinson has issued a press release defending the proposed new curriculum.
Atkinson argues that the new curriculum would actually increase time spent on U.S. history when you add in the elementary and middle school years.