In North Carolina, state education leaders are considering a proposal to replace history with a modernistic, global approach.
Under the current curriculum, North Carolina students study the following:
ninth grade – world history
tenth grade – civics and economics
eleventh grade – United States history going back to the country’s FOUNDING
Under the proposed change, high school students would study the following:
ninth grade – global studies, which would focus on issues such as the environment, peace, human rights, etc.
tenth grade – civics and economics (wouldn’t change)
eleventh grade – United States history, but ONLY from 1877 onward
Many might argue that it’s silly to fret over this when students have thirteen years of school (including kindergarten) and they surely learn all the basics of U.S. history before high school anyway. This was the defense of Rebecca Garland, the chief academic officer for North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Well, let’s take a look at the “history” students learn before high school in North Carolina. (This information has been taken DIRECTLY off the North Carolina Department of Education website. This is the course of study followed in schools throughout the state.) The notes in parenthesis are mine.
Kindergarten – Self and Family / Families Around the World (globalism / social studies, not history)
First Grade – Neighborhoods and Communities Around The World (globalism / social studies, not history)
Second Grade – Regions: Local, State, United States, and World (geography, not history)
Third Grade – Citizenship: People Making A Difference (elementary civics, not history)
Fourth Grade – North Carolina: Geography and History (not U.S. history)
Fifth Grade – United States History, Canada, Mexico, and Central America (There are seven countries in Central America, plus the other three… That’s the history of TEN countries in one year?!?!? Aside from the fact that it’s the year most students are beginning to experience puberty and they’re supposed to concentrate???)
Sixth Grade – South America and Europe
Seventh Grade – Africa, Asia, and Australia
Eighth Grade – North Carolina: Creation and Development of the State
For the middle school years (grades 6, 7 and 8), the standard course of study of the countries listed above is described as follows on the NC Department of Education website:
“As students examine social, economic, and political institutions they analyze similarities and differences among societies. While concepts are drawn from history and the social sciences, the primary discipline is geography, especially cultural geography. This focus provides students with a framework for studying local, regional, national, and global issues that concern them, for understanding the interdependence of the world in which they live, and for making informed judgments as active citizens.”
In other words, students STILL AREN’T STUDYING HISTORY. It’s globalism with a little bit of geography, a spattering of history, and a LOT of politics thrown in! Notice words like global issues and cultural geography.
Before we go any further, it might help to understand a couple of definitions.
History – the study of events that happened in the past, particularly in a chronological order
Globalism – the study of anything that considers the entire world in scope
If you look back at the subjects being taught in North Carolina schools, it’s just another example of curriculum that promotes a globalist approach at the expense of our own culture and heritage. It promotes liberal thinking (such as environmentalism), leads students toward a one-world mindset, and certainly strips them of a true understanding of the principles on which our country was founded.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am increasingly grateful on a daily basis that my children will KNOW that men died to secure their freedoms. They will know WHY. They will READ and UNDERSTAND the Constitution of these United States and why we now say “the” United States instead of “these.” They will visit historic sites and they will study history from the beginning. I’m not just talking about the beginning of the United States, however, but the beginning that was created by the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning that was created by the one who sent his son to die for a bunch of people who don’t even want children to PRAY – the beginning that was created by the one who will signal for the sounding of the trumpets that will signal the end.
I am grateful that even as the leaders in North Carolina consider this change to their curriculum standards, we can once again be thankful for the opportunity to teach our children at home and we can continue to pray for the teachers, students, parents and others who are dealing with the changes in public school settings.
Sonya Haskins, homeschool mom, author, advocate