A Better Approach to Education

A Better Approach to Education

isi_logoWhat are you receiving from you mainstream media? I can’t and won’t speak for you but chances are the reported news is pretty much the same issue from New York to Los Angeles maybe even Miami Beach to Seattle. However, in South Dakota (the bad-lands, Wounded Knee, Custer, Little Big Horn, the Black Hills, and of course Mt. Rushmore) there are indeed more visitors per year than residents.

Whenever one goes to South Dakota, as for me the X Amendment is shown in all its glory and I think the rest of the United States should be thinking about those and many other fine rights which have been taken over by those who have never been to your state.

Education leaders in South Dakota are mapping curriculum standards to the same test immigrants take to become United States citizens.

Third-graders learn about the Declaration of Independence. Fifth-graders study the origins of the U.S. Constitution. And nat treasure by the time a student graduates high school, he’d have enough American civics know-how to pass the 100-question naturalization exam used by the U.S. Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

South Dakota is one of five states to pass legislation this year linking K-12 learning to the citizenship test. And I think that is amazing. It is an unfortunate statistic rendered by The Intercollegiate Studies Institute whose findings on students’ tested were abysmal to make it as civil as I am able.

Advocates first pitched the idea last year. Members of the South Dakota Civics Education Initiative proposed a higher bar for state classrooms, following a national movement backed by the likes of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and award-winning journalist Carl Bernstein.

In South Dakota, Georgia Hanson and others worked with state lawmakers and education leaders during the 2015 legislative session to explore the possibilities of linking U.S. history and government learning to the citizenship test.
“Our hope is that the students will have a better understanding of our government and how it works, and perhaps get them engaged,” Hanson said.

North Dakota, Arizona, Utah and Idaho have all adopted similar measures. Unlike other states, however, South Dakota does not require students to take the test to graduate.

Critical-Thinking-Concepts-ToolsHowever, don’t be surprised if one day you receive a notification from either the State, colleges, or from what district maintains the schools in your area — especially if one of your children happen to be in attendance. Although compulsory K-12 exams are not on the order for South Dakota, it is believed that all public schools will soon be.

Social studies learning was already headed for change when Hanson’s group came forward with their initiative. Before the Legislature convened, educators had already drafted and proposed new state curriculum standards for social studies.

From an educators perception the entire curriculum with regards to Social Studies must be reworked with a finely tuned instrument. The notion of this area of learning being given less time each year definitely puts almost all students’ at some type of risk.

For data on how high school freshman to fresh people in college through to their scores in Civics please see the following link.


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