North Carolina - a Partnership for 21st Century Skills leadership state – plans to eliminate the Revolutionary War, Andrew Jackson, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War and most of Reconstruction from its high school American history classes.
Newly proposed standards would mean that, over their high school career, students in North Carolina would take an ambiguous course called global studies in 9th grade, take study civics and economics in 10th grade, and study U.S. history from 1877 to the present in 11th grade.
Remember that in Common Core’s Still at Risk study, only 43% of respondents knew that the Civil War took place sometime between 1850 and 1900 and only half knew that the Federalist Papers were written to support ratification of the Constitution. The Lexington Institute’s recent report, The Teaching of American History: Promise and Performance, documents the country’s growing indifference toward its own history. How can students assume the responsibilities and privileges of democratic citizenship if they don’t know the basic facts of our national experience?