Common Core in Social Studies Looks Like the ‘Work of Historians’

Education Week

Although Common Core covers only math and English, the emphasis on nonfiction text spread across all subjects has placed greater importance on critical thinking skills in social studies, instead of “Jeopardy-like” classrooms that stressed memorization. The higher standards “require students to gather evidence” and “create their own understanding of the world,” one teacher explains. “They look much like the work of historians,” adds another. The standards foster cross-subject learning. “I am supporting literacy in my discipline and beyond,” a middle school teacher wrote Monday.

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