Public forums on social studies standards announced

Opportunity for parents to weigh in on curriculum


Senator Patrick Colbeck

Senator Patrick Colbeck

LANSING, Mich.State Sen. Patrick Colbeck announced Friday that the state will be conducting a series of public forums to get parents’ feedback regarding newly proposed social studies standards to be used in schools.

The drafts to be reviewed are the product of a nonpartisan workgroup whose aim was to ensure a politically neutral and factually based framework for the state’s social studies curriculum. Colbeck joined the workgroup after it was announced the standards would be updated.

“Society may be getting more polarized, but our commitment to making sure our nation’s history is taught in a nonpartisan manner has not changed,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “I was concerned that some elements of our social studies standards were inaccurate and leaning away from being politically neutral.

“The diverse group of people that came together to inspect this curriculum framework worked well with each other to propose new standards, and we believe that people from a variety of backgrounds will now be able to support them.”

The state will next be conducting a series of “listen and learn” forums within communities throughout the state so that the Department of Education can receive feedback and learn more about public sentiment regarding its educational standards.

One forum has been scheduled in the city of Wayne on June 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency, 33500 Van Born Road. Other dates in the greater southeast Michigan area will be offered as well. To learn more, call the Michigan Department of Education at 833-633-5788.

Interested parties can view a draft of the proposed social studies standards by clicking here. No RSVP to attend any of the events is required.


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