Tuesday, June 3, 2008

History-Social Science Framework Focus Group

The California Department of Education held a focus group meeting in San Jose Friday, May 30, 2008 to discuss the updating of the current Curriculum Framework of History-Social Science teaching in public schools.  There were approximately 12 people in the focus group, most of whom are educators.  

The moderator asked 5 questions on how to improve the current framework.  These questions related to the topics like standardize testing, universal access, professional development, resources.  Overall, the comments from the participants reflect the reality in classrooms which does not meet with the expectation and standard from the current framework.  Many voiced the disinterest from students because the materials do not provide concrete evidence of their realities.  In another word, our world had changed but the history in the textbooks have not. Others suggested the incorporation of technology.  While some raised concerns about the lack of diversity viewpoints.  Almost all agreed that textbook history is very Eurocentric and there is a need to include other perspectives.  Above is a short video bite of the meeting when the participant referred to the ineffectiveness of the current framework in a 21st century classroom.

There will be a focus group in Los Angeles Thursday June 5, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Highway Los Angeles CA 90242
and Friday June 6 in San Diego
San Diego County Office of Education
2401 Linda Vista Road San Diego CA  92111

For more details: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/cf/index.asp


Chi said...

Will Bolinao 52 ever make it to Tulsa, OK?

Duc Nguyen said...

We hope to have Bolinao 52 on PBS nationally next year.