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.

2/28/2004

Go to the Caucuses and bring a resolution against the standards!

PROPOSED RESOLUTION FOR BETTER SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS at March 2 Caucus

WHEREAS Minnesotans have higher expectations for our students, schools and democratic society than are reflected in the proposed final draft K-12 social studies standards being considered for adoption by the Minnesota Legislature;

WHEREAS the standards are still seriously flawed in following ways after three revisions and cannot be "fixed" during the legislative session because they;

Are too costly to implement
Are too numerous to cover with quality
Do not respect local control or district autonomy
Are too prescriptive to districts, schools and teachers
Are age-inappropriate
Are historically and culturally inaccurate
Do not empower students with skills to become effective citizens
Do not empower students to live and work with diversity in the 21st century
Are unbalanced and not objective: politically, culturally and racially biased

BE IT RESOLVED that:

1) The Party rejects the final proposed standards for K-12 social studies proposed by the Commissioner of Education;

2) The Party endorses the selection a new, bi-partisan, inclusive committee of public school educators, college professors, parents and diverse citizens to re-write the social studies standards;

3) Adequate opportunities for civic discourse take place via public hearings and on-line feedback after each stage of revision to any newly proposed standards.