Recovering from the Curriculum Wars 0f the 20th Century. @TomLoveless99 @HooverInst

May 29, 02:13 AM


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Anonymous - From a Ming Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (金陵萬卷樓刊本) , the original is kept in the library holdings of Peking University)

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Recovering from the Curriculum Wars 0f the 20th Century. @TomLoveless99 @HooverInst

The 1990s featured fierce battles over curriculum in the four major K-12 school subjects: reading, math, science, and history. In reading, believers in "whole language" methods struggled with phonics and code-based advocates. In math, the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) standards documents first swept unopposed across the land—spawning new textbooks and dominating policies ranging from National Assessment of Educational Progress tests to National Science Foundation grants to state standards and assessments before confronting a powerful backlash. In science, advocates of hands-on, project-based learning struggled with advocates of content-oriented curriculum. And in history, multiculturalists and believers that the teaching of U.S. history should devote more time to past national sins (in particular, the mistreatment of blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and women) struggled with opponents who charged them with foisting an ideological agenda on the schools.