Kansas school standards should do more to include people of colors' contributions to history
The Kansas City Star
The Rev. Ben Scott is right to be concerned over changes in Kansas school standards not doing enough to include the contributions of people of color to this country’s history.
The Kansas State Board of Education approved new history and social studies standards for public schools. They emphasize critical-thinking skills over memorizing names, dates and facts about events in history, The Associated Press reports.
But Scott, a former Topeka school board member and longtime state and local NAACP leader who served on the standards drafting committee, said the guidelines don’t have enough “teeth” to make sure that educators don’t leave out materials about people of color.
Certainly Native Americans and African Americans played significant roles in the state’s and the country’s history. That must never be obmitted from students’ education.