North Carolina officials have reversed a decision to limit high-school history lessons to post-Reconstruction years after the plan was criticized by teachers, districts and lawmakers. Under the plan, elementary- and middle-school lessons would have focused on early U.S. history, and high-school students would have been taught about more recent history. Critics say the plan would have dumbed down the curriculum. Education officials are creating two high-school U.S. history courses that would cover the pre-Columbian era through the present.
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