In this latest Edweek report, teachers are reporting that teaching conventional History and Government is getting edged out by the emphasis on Reading and Math and No Child Left Behind legislation. Some of this may be because many high schools are so far behind. Presumably reading goals can't be achieved within the context of social studies coursework. This is tragic because history teaches children about their place in time, our democracy, and our political process in context. It also offers opportunities for examination of primary sources, critical thinking and point-of-view.
History Becoming History