As a history teacher in education today I often see me subject placed on a back burner, while all of the schools resources and attention are placed on math, reading and science. I am not opposed to this but feel that we must maintain our history so that students have a sense of who we are as a country. Over the past few years I have seen history classes cut in our district to make room for more math and science classes. Public education was designed to create well rounded citizens. Citizens who do not know our own countries history are not well rounded. So I was glad to read this morning about the former Senator Byrd‘s efforts to promote history in education today. I hope that this creates some good conversations that lead to finding ways to meet state standard requirements but still teach students about history. As a history teacher thank you Senator Byrd you will be missed!
For more on this subject read the following article. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2010/06/sen_byrd_was_a_champion_for_hi_1.html