A recent discovery of nearly 100-year-old slate blackboards at an Oklahoma high school offered a glimpse into what students were learning in 1917, including lessons about pilgrims and rules that were written in cursive handwriting. Workers found the preserved works underneath boards they removed during a renovation project.
A bill in Oklahoma calling for the elimination of Advanced Placement U.S. History from schools will be rewritten by its sponsor, Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno, after the proposal sparked widespread criticism. The revised bill will seek a review of the program by the state Board of Education. The political effort is the latest to take aim at AP U.S. History.
Officials in an Oklahoma school district are considering investing more in onsite coaching for teachers' professional development, rather than spending money for outside vendors to deliver PD. Officials say the move could free up money for other uses while helping increase the capacity of staff and improving the quality of teachers' professional learning.
The Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies has expressed opposition to a state Senate bill that would end the mandate for three of four social studies assessments given to students in fifth, seventh and eighth grades. While State Sen. John Ford said his bill just reduces the number of tests mandated, the group opposes the change. "The elimination of the state's social studies assessments sends a clear message that the Oklahoma Senate does not value the preparation of Oklahoma public school students for the 'office of citizen,' " the group said in a statement. The bill has passed the Senate and is now headed to the state House of Representatives.
Londaryl Perry, a high-school history teacher in Oklahoma, said he will use footage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination to help teach students about the 50th anniversary of his death. "Those kids need to understand. They need to see. That's when you take time to reflect," Perry said.