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September 2, 2014 > Bill addresses outdated History Education Standards

Bill addresses outdated History Education Standards

Submitted By Sergio Reyes

An important bill that updates the outdated history-social science content standards in K-12 education passed from the California State Senate earlier on August 27 and now advances to the Governor for consideration.

ÒIf signed by the Governor, SB 1057 will kick off the process to finally update the educational content standards upon which K-12 California students are taught history and social sciences,Ó Senator Corbett said. ÒMy constituents came to me with stories about how their children came home crying because other students bullied them about their culture. They brought me their childrenÕs textbook and told me that their culture was being portrayed inaccurately and negatively. Instances like this should simply not happen.Ó

By working with the involved parents and members of the Hindu American Foundation, Senator Corbett set out to update the 16 year old content standards that lay the broad basis for what is taught each year, as they eventually determine what information is included in student textbooks in California.

The history-social science content standards were last updated in 1998. SB 1057 requires the California State Board of Education to review and adopt new history-social science content standards for grades K-12 by July 30, 2018. The bill also requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene a group of history-social science experts that will provide input to recommend revised content standards to the State Board.

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