social studies http://kut.org en In Texas, Fewer Tests Mean Less Time for Teaching Social Studies http://kut.org/post/texas-fewer-tests-mean-less-time-teaching-social-studies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The reduction in social studies gradation requirements has disappointed many social studies advocates in the state, but it hasn't surprised them. They say the subject often gets pushed aside when it comes to classroom instruction time, especially with an increased emphasis in high-stakes testing.</p><p>Unlike math, science and reading, students aren't tested in social studies until eighth grade. E<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ducation advocates say lack of social studies standardized tests means less instructional time for the subject.</span></p><p>“It hasn’t been tested," says Pat Hardy, State Board of Education member. "It’s been treated like the redheaded stepchild, and at the end of the day –&nbsp;literally at the end of the day –&nbsp;they’ll say, 'well, you can teach social studies.' Well, how good do you think that is?”</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:05:17 +0000 Kate McGee 9711 at http://kut.org In Texas, Fewer Tests Mean Less Time for Teaching Social Studies Fewer Social Studies Requirements for Texas Students Worry Advocates http://kut.org/post/fewer-social-studies-requirements-texas-students-worry-advocates <p><span style="font-size:16pt; line-height:200%; font-family:'Times New Roman'">The State Board of Education will make its final decision today on new high school graduation requirements. The changes come after state lawmakers passed a bill last year that reduces the number of required courses to graduate. Among the changes: students only have to take three social studies classes to graduate instead of four.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:16pt; line-height:200%; font-family:'Times New Roman'">In the early 1990s, Texas became the first state to require students to take four social studies classes to graduate. The change back to three has some worried that Texas students won’t be as prepared for an increasingly global society.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132356917&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:48:43 +0000 Kate McGee 9686 at http://kut.org Fewer Social Studies Requirements for Texas Students Worry Advocates Report: Social Studies Guidelines Not Aligned With College Standards http://kut.org/post/report-social-studies-guidelines-not-aligned-college-standards <p>Social studies standards adopted by the Texas State Board of Education will leave students unprepared for college, according to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/265657-texas-higher-education-coordinating-board.html">a new report</a> by a professor of history at the University of Texas El Paso.</p><p>The report was prepared by <a href="http://faculty.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=faculty.utep.edu/kaerekson">Keith Erekson</a> for the <a href="http://www.txfacultycollaboratives.org/about">Social Studies Faculty Collaborative</a>, an organization funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The report&rsquo;s findings have not been reviewed by the Faculty Collaborative or the Coordinating Board.</p><p>&ldquo;The end result for the students in the classroom is that it&rsquo;s going to be a lot harder to go to college,&rdquo; said Erekson, who directs a teacher education program and a center for history and learning at UTEP.</p><p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:39:25 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2953 at http://kut.org Report: Social Studies Guidelines Not Aligned With College Standards