Minnesotans for Better Education, Standards and Testing

Minnbest is a non-partisan, broad based coalition of parents, educators and school advocacy groups who believe excellent public education is a foundation of democracy in America.

1/21/2004

Meg and Don Arnosti: Not their areas of expertise

Not their areas of expertise

As parents of three public school kids we were pleased to see the Jan. 21 headline "50 professors endorse history standards."

Upon reading the article more closely, however, we became alarmed: It appears that many of the endorsing professors don't teach history, with the article citing signators as chemistry, Spanish, biblical studies and law professors, among others.

A University of Minnesota history professor is quoted as saying most of the professors in her department find the revised standards "at least flawed" and "unacceptable."

As parents we ask for our children to be taught that history is a complex story with many perspectives. We wonder what is going on with the history standards when history professors don't support them and biblical studies professors do?

Meg and Don Arnosti, St. Paul.