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08/31/2020

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Richard G. Innes

Professor Houchens has highlighted some major pitfalls of weak standards such as Kentucky's current social studies standards.

The sorts of problems Prof. Houchens discusses provide excellent examples of why education standards actually need a fair amount of detail and carefully focused direction.

Properly developed standards help prevent biased, incomplete, and wrongly directed teaching. Weak standards, as we now see with the Kentucky example, can actually facilitate entry of very poor practices into the classroom.

Kelly

Leftist leftist leftist, I will fight this injustice of trying to brainwash our children to think like the looting, thieving and violent movement, calling it injustice when it is not but a mob

L. Phillips

Dr. Houchen's critique on the new standards is worth consideration. While some of the questions may be used to promote a political lens/perspective, I challenge the assumption that all questions are biased towards liberal/progressive ideologies. Reconsider the following question: How can the US reduce income inequality? Income inequality is a economic measurement (neutral). To reduce this gap, X,Y,Z policy intervention can be taken. No political justification or context is needed. While I realize this may not be the critical lens intention, neutrality can be achieved.

Gary Houchens

I disagree. The question itself implies that income inequality is a problem and that it should be reduced. That is an ideological assumption.

Income inequality is a fact. Whether that is a problem or not is a worthy topic of inquiry. What if we framed the question in a number of ways: "Where does income inequality come from? What are its consequences? What would be the reasons for, and potential problems with, various strategies to address income inequality?"

Ryan W.

Thank you for this! To your point about the sources that kids are directed to for inquiry, it reminds me of the countless political Left "trainings" that I have had to sit through as a Louisville government employee whose only sources were left-wing groups like the Fairness Campaign and the ACLU. There's never any competing views presented because, like most public education today, they don't want us to think critically. They want us to think like they do.

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