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Education Reporter
NUMBER 222 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS JULY 2004

Summary of Proposed Changes
Eagle Forum of Alabama pressed for the following changes
to the Alabama Social Studies Course of Study:
  • Emphasize the shared values and ideals that unite Americans of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds and not just our differences. (Defuse multiculturalism)

  • Correct factual errors. For example, teach the correct form of government for the United States. It was founded as a republic, not a democracy.

  • Correct omissions of important material. Expand coverage of Founding Fathers. Add other important figures and the important roles of business, entrepreneurship and our amazing history of inventiveness. Add the 2nd and 10th Amendments to material on the Constitution.

  • Emphasize the founding documents and principles that make our system of government unique. Require students to read for themselves the founding documents.

  • Remove the false notion of global citizenship and assert the principle of national sovereignty.

  • Expand coverage of important figures in black history to include entrepreneurs, businessmen, scientists, inventors and writers, not merely entertainers, athletes and civil rights workers.

  • Require the memorization of certain basic facts including the states and their capitals; continents; oceans; major countries, cities, rivers and mountain ranges of each continent; key figures, events, and dates in American history; approximate dates of major world civilizations; the Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem and motto.

  • Teach B.C./A.D as the reference system for dates in customary and official use in the United States since its beginning.

  • Replace loaded or politicized terms and jargon with neutral words.

  • Add material to balance negative and one-sided presentations. For example, include human activity that can have a positive effect on the environment and consider potential solutions through innovation.

Most of the above recommendations were incorporated to some extent in the final document.


 
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