The BWAG Education Committee has been looking at Civics education in the public schools in the state of Massachusetts as an important feature of developing an informed citizenry.
As it happens, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is currently in the process of revising its History and Social Science Curriculum to include a more substantial Civics component and is inviting all interested Massachusetts citizens to publicly comment on the Framework.
This document will set the standards for Civics (and a new initiative for Financial Education) for all students who attend public school in the Commonwealth, preschool--12th grade.
If you have an interest in the development of an informed citizenry in Massachusetts through a comprehensive Civics curriculum, please support the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education initiatives for revising its History and Social Sciences curriculum by going to the links below and submitting the 10—20-minute online survey. Even if you are not an educator, by filling out the survey to the best of your ability you will be sending a message that you feel the Board is moving in a direction you support.
*Public Comment Period: January 23 – April 2, 2018 - Please Participate! *
Before April 2, 2018, go to Public Survey
Click on the link for the 2018/Public Comment Draft of Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.
Check out the standards made for Grade 8, United States and Massachusetts Government and Civic Life where there is a new civics curriculum (page 78).
Limited time? Simply skim the 2018 Framework (new material is highlighted).
If you have more time and interest, go to page 21 and familiarize yourself with A Guide to Reading the Introductory Page for Each Grade or Course.
As you complete the survey, here are some suggestions:
When asked about your role, say you are a community member or “other” unless you’re CURRENTLY teaching in the public school.
In general, stick to the questions that are looking for broad feedback--you can do the multiple choice and skip the open-ended comment box.
Please consider clicking on “AGREE” when asked about the new eighth grade civics curriculum, the inclusion of the HS financial literacy class, whether the new frameworks (2018) improve the old (2003), the revisions to the high school history class, and the new section that assists teachers in developing inquiry questions for all grades Thanks for your advocacy and participation!