The idea has conservatives up in arms because, as it exists right now, the plan would have 11th-graders study the nation’s history from after Reconstruction Era to the present day, from 1877 forward. In other words, no founding fathers, no Monroe Doctrine, No Louisiana Purchase, no Civil War.
Currently, 11th-graders take a survey course that covers the country’s entire history.
The plan would have 7th graders take a comprehensive U.S. history course. Right now, middle-grade students study world and North Carolina history.
Public school officials say the end result would actually be more U.S. history instruction, not less. The intent, they say, isn’t to focus less on the founding fathers and the ideals that led to America’s founding, but to provide in-depth study of larger themes. Read the rest here.