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|NUMBER 222||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||JULY 2004|
|Alabama Improves Social Studies Texts|
When the first draft of the Alabama’s Social Studies Course of Study was made available to the public in January, Eagle Forum of Alabama sprang into action to make the document “much more balanced than it was,” according to the organization’s research analyst Margaret Brown. As a result of its efforts, the 35-member Social Studies Course of Study Committee implemented 217 of more than 400 proposed changes.
A minority report issued by two members of the committee along with the January draft alerted Eagle Forum of Alabama to problems with the guidelines. Eagle Forum formed an ad hoc committee chaired by two University of Alabama professors, which worked with Brown and presented proposed revisions to the interim state superintendent of education, Dr. Joe Morton. (See article below listing the proposed revisions.) Morton then took the unprecedented action of reconvening the Course of Study Committee and asking it to consider the recommendations, the majority of which were adopted.
The Social Studies Course of Study specifies minimum required content for public school coverage of economics, history, political science and geography. The first draft “was negative, leftist, radical environmentalist, and socialist,” said Brown, who also addressed the state Board of Education during the process.