State Board of Ed takes steps to change social studies

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is taking the first steps toward changing how elementary, middle and high school students learn social studies.

The state board of education approved a statement Wednesday guiding school districts on developing a social studies curriculum that prepares students to enter a “globally competitive workforce.”

John Tully is a Central Connecticut State University history professor who worked with the state board. He says the proposed changes will teach students to think critically about government, economics and history.

The Board of Education statement dovetails with Common Core curriculum, a set of college- and career-ready standards. It’s been adopted by more than 40 states, but critics say courses are being drawn up at the national level, bypassing local education.

Connecticut schools are not expected to immediately adopt the new curriculum.

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