Cv Updates Social Studies Classes

By Hensley, Nicole | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), February 16, 2013 | Go to article overview

Cv Updates Social Studies Classes


Hensley, Nicole, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


Central Valley School District is reassessing its high school social studies programs because the last time it adopted new curriculum, the Oval Office was occupied by George W. Bush in his first term.

Through March 30 the district is testing new curriculum to replace outdated textbooks for world and U.S. history, civics, psychology and sociology, as well as Advanced Placement European and U.S. history, government and world history.

Some textbooks described the economy as strong and vital and one U.S. history book included a chapter called, "America enters a new century," the 21st century. The book's historical timeline stopped after that, district spokeswoman Melanie Rose said.

That means no references to the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or the election of the nation's first black president.

The district is increasing the graduation requirements in social studies for 2016 graduates to comply with state standards of three credits, plus a half credit of civics.

State standards also increased English requirements from three to five credits and decreased elective credits from 5.5 to four.

Because the district was due for a curriculum evaluation, officials requested a two-year waiver to undergo the social studies change.

The revamped social studies classes will also involve a massive online component, said Terrie VanderWegen, assistant superintendent, because 98 percent of the district's students have computers and Internet at home. …

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