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> school districts have the power to decide what to
Well, Larry, this IS a Pet Peeve of mine.
Here we are, in a rapidly shrinking world. As
citizens of our country, we want our country and its
corporations to compete successfully in the world's
economy. That means (to me) that all kids in a
country should have much the same educational
opportunity! I do understand the regional need for
instruction in one's local heritage, but I worry that
local concerns take too much preference over national
It has surely happened in my own school district
social studies program. I'm in Pennsylvania, a state
with a high number of hate-mongers and racists. But
in our curriculum, elementary level social studies
focuses on our community, our state. Kids don't learn
about other countries except by default (like the 2nd
grade teacher who went to France and did a unit about
that country....in addition to the curricular goals).
Kids don't learn about other cultures except for
Native Americans (strictly historic, not current).
I think the current curricular goals are valuable but
insufficient. Things like this probably happen all
over the world. I think it is vision with blinders
on. I just don't understand why more of our leaders
don't feel the same way I do.
Hopping off my soap box now and getting a glass of
cold water to cool off. Whew! Jeannie in PA
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