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Encounters Old and New in World HistoryEssays Inspired by Jerry H. Bentley$
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Alan Karras and Laura J. Mitchell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824865917

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824865917.001.0001

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Teaching World History in a Swirl of Standards

Teaching World History in a Swirl of Standards

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(p.42) Three Teaching World History in a Swirl of Standards
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Encounters Old and New in World History
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Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824865917.003.0004

Standards-based education reform efforts that began in the 1990s resulted in social studies standards by grade level in every single state, stretching from kindergarten to grade 12. All of these standards single out history as a separate subject or strand, and many include world history as a subset within history as a whole. These standards are highly variable, idiosyncratic, and sometimes error-ridden, and they have been the source of enormous controversy. Some world history standards are completely skills-based, with only one sentence about content, and many are very Eurocentric, especially in the lists of individuals and events students should know. Recent efforts to develop better standards, such as the C3 Framework, have become embroiled in the controversy over Common Core, but because high-stakes testing is often based on state standards, world historians should get involved in improving them, and advocate for better world history teaching.

Keywords:   Jerry Bentley, history standards, K–12 education, historical thinking skills, Common Core, history education, C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards

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