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State to create new K-12 history, social science curriculum

Original post made on Sep 11, 2012

The California Department of Education will develop new history and social science lessons for K-12 classes after Gov. Jerry Brown signed new
legislation authorizing the move Saturday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 6:05 AM

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Posted by Gretchen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

This is a development that deserves serious scrutiny. When a uber-left-wing-loon like Loni Hancock "to revise how history and social science are taught in public schools" it likely has more to do with revising history than making the material current. California instruction continues to de-emphasize our Founding Fathers, the principles on which this nation was founded, the Revoluionary War, God, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, WWI and WWII, Ronald Reagan, capitalism; and emphasizes diversity, socialism, the union movement,the Vietnam War resitance movement, FDR,JFK, Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama. The last thing we need is a Bezerkley loon organizing an effort for left-wing-loons revising history education.


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Posted by hallie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

So Gretchen, you are proposing that History lessons only cover things that you like and not things that you don't? That would be the ultimate revisionism!


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Posted by voter with an ID
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hallie, you missed the point entirely. The 'revision' of historical accounts is not in our children's best interest. Gretchen highlighted areas that will be short changed or revised to fit an agenda that mirrors the feelings of those events based on the opinion of berkeley socialists.
The further emphasis of events that are emotionally gratifying to liberals (war protests, anarchists violent methods, etc.) do a disservice to events that had more impact and changed more peoples lives.
But, hey, with dems, it's all about feelings and emotions and no logic.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

So if this curriculum development was postponed to 2015 because of budget cuts, and the state's budget is worst off then it was in 2009, why is the governor approving expenditure of funds now?

If you want a relevant history lesson, look up Emperor Nero who was rumored to be playing the fiddle while Rome was burning to the ground. On a more factual note, Emperor Nero would burn Christians in his garden as a souce of light for his night time parties. Seems Governor Moonbeam will do the same to the unfortuate taxpayers.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Along with Thomas Jefferson,his taking of a slave mistress should be expelled from text books. Abraham Lincoln's homosexuality deserves no mention. FDR and JFK were both trotskites who wanted to bring down America. And Martin Luther 'the King' and Barack Hussien Obama are both communists. More God is needed in our history books. And sociology, which is a Godless socialistic enterprise, should not be taught in school. That's why I've home schooled my own children.


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Posted by Hallie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I agree. Gretchen, Voter with an ID, Bill, and Steve sound at least as extremist as they are accusing others of being. I wouldn't want radicals of any kind in charge of writing history books. A history course should promote the understanding of many cultures and viewpoints, not narrow minds with any particular agenda.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Gretchen, are you a VETERAN of any war? just asking...tee hee


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Is Steve a veteran?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

JFK served in the US military...GRACIAS!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 11, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Does anybody know if Gretchen served in any branch of the US military?


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2012 at 12:08 am

The answer to your question, Cholo, is No, I did not serve in the military. A certain disability kept me out, though at the time I wasn't allowed to apply, and so I contributed to my country by working in the private sector and making a whole boatload of money.

In that regard, I've done far more for my country than JFK or BO'Bama ever did.


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Posted by Scary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Really scary. It won't be good. More dumbing down and more freedoms removed for starters always. Probably more taking awards away....so notbody feels left out, or something equally detremential to soaking up information....just 'say' you did. Or now that white males are the 'minority', just tell them don't bother attending, nothing for them.


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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Dear people of this thread,

Pretty please read the current history standards before you make comments about what is and is not in them. As a high school social studies teacher, I can promise you that all of the things that Gretchen is concerned about are contained in the standards in multiple places. In fact, the principles of the American Revolution is taught as late as 12th grade Government.

Still it is unfortunate that the years that current students have been alive and the important events from those years are largely ignored by books and standards. How can we inspire students to appreciate their history when we don't value the events of their lives? So yes Gretchen, we need to continue to validate and teach all of the ideas you want to see taught. But we also need to be mindful of recent events and their impact on our country and our students.

Sincerely,
A Social Studies Teacher


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