The North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction is bowing to public pressure over its proposed changes to the U. S. History curriculum.  The proposal is being sent back to the drawing boards.  The DPI received over 7,000 emails, most of them negative.  And then this past weekend Senator Marc Basnight stepped in and essentially told the DPI, “don’t you dare”.  After a day of defending themselves against Basnight’s letter, the DPI cried ‘Uncle’.

According to WRAL, DPI has already begun work on a second draft proposal.  (more…)

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The Washington Daily News is reporting that Senator Basnight sent a letter to the NC DPI and the State Board of Education voicing his strong opposition to the proposed changes to the U. S. History curriculum.  He says that there should be more study of this period, not less.  According the Washington Daily News, Basnight’s letter reads, in part,

“Any changes the state makes to teaching U.S. History must be an enhancement to what students learn in high school and not downshifting in any way. As a reader of history myself, I think that no one should graduate from high school without a thorough understanding of the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers, the writing of the Constitution, and the personalities involved. Furthermore, it is my belief that only high school students have the capacity to understand complex and awful parts of our nation’s history such as slavery and the Civil War. To exclude the founding of our nation at its early struggles from our high school curriculum would be doing a disservice to our students and teachers alike.”

He goes on to say,

“Sadly, students know very little about history as it is…We should be doubling, maybe even tripling, our efforts and enhancing the course work that is now taught in high school. . . In fact, I would like to see history taught in expanded and unique ways, perhaps as an extracurricular activity outside of the school day if time cannot be found during the regular school hours, even as a means of extra credit. However do not carry on with the thoughts of the changes as presented. U.S. History is too precious and important and must be taught in its entirety during the high school years.”

Those are strong words from our Senator.  This proposal is essentially D.O.A.  Thanks to all of you who have been tireless in opposing this.  Many of you have commented on blogs and news stories, written Letters to the Editors and made pilgrimages to School Board Meetings.  Our voices have been heard.


About twenty members of the Outer Banks Tea Party and concerned citizens rallied at the Dare County School Board Meeting this evening to protest the dramatic changes to the 11th Grade U.S. History curriculum as proposed by the North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction.  The NC DPI proposes to begin the 11th Grade U.S. History course in 1877, after Reconstruction.  See my earlier post for more details on this issue.

Seven citizens spoke passionately about the need for high school aged students to have a firm understanding of the period from the Founding through Reconstruction.  Efforts to re-shape young minds (more…)


According to Vanessa Jeter via a Facebook post in the Group ‘History did not Begin in 1877!‘, the feedback period on the proposed curriculum changes has been extended to March 2nd.  If you are on Facebook, you can join that Group and see all the comments.  Here is the full text of her post:

You are right! History did not begin in 1877, and the PROPOSED DRAFT 1.0 curriculum does not indicate such. It does place a full year of US History in 7th grade where there is none today and dedicates 5th grade to US History also. Feedback window extended until March 2 at www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/phase 2

For a good analysis of this comment, see Frank Neudecker’s post.  And for a much deeper analysis on this entire subject, see Betsy’s Page.

Your voices are making a difference.  This is by no means over.  It just means we have more time to get the word out.  There was a rally in Raleigh today to protest the proposed changes.  It was covered by the N&O and Fox.  Watch for stories on this topic from them.  Continue to spread the word.