Is the U.S. a Democracy? A Social Studies Battle Turns on the Nation’s Values

Michigan spent five years debating how to teach American history. One of the biggest questions was how to describe the nation’s government.

Michigan spent five years debating how to teach American history. One of the biggest questions was how to describe the nation’s government.


Dana Goldstein / April 7, 2019 / NYTimes

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The United States, unlike many other developed nations, lacks a national curriculum that defines what students should know. Each of the 50 states can create its own learning standards.

These documents are closely examined. While schools can teach material not included in them, they shape the content in standardized tests, and many educators rely heavily on the standards as they craft lesson plans. Student teachers are trained to use them.

Activists have long seen influencing state standards as an effective way to shape the next generation of voters.  

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