History curriculum varies widely in Colorado high schools

02/7/2010 | Denver Post, The

The content of history lessons varies widely in high schools across Colorado, where school districts are given broad authority to determine what is taught. New statewide history and social-studies standards adopted in December and expected to take effect in fall 2011 encourage teachers to focus on students' critical-thinking skills but are still vague on content. Some history educators are hopeful that revised federal education laws will expand standardized testing to include history and increase schools' focus on the subject.

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