History courses to change over next few years
By: Kaelyn Morrow
History is quite literally always changing, and it happens to be doing just that at our high school, but in a different sense. For years, freshmen have taken Civics, sophmores have taken World History, juniors have taken U.S. History, and seniors have had a variety of options, like A.P. U.S. Government and Politics or Economics. However, this standard is soon going to change.
“The proposal included moving the current 11th grade U.S. History course down to 9th grade. 9th grade will be Reconstruction to World War II. It’ll also be a slightly smaller scope since we know that that modern history course will exist in 11th grade,” said Mr. Pastor, the Social Studies Department Teacher Leader.
9th grade students will take regular or honors U.S. History, and the 10th grade course offerings will remain the same. Juniors and seniors have to take a course from each of three columns: Government and Politics, Modern History or AP U.S., or Economics and Financial Literacy.
According to Pastor, Government and Politics will be “sort of the new version of Civics.”
It is clear that changes will be coming to the school, but they are not going to happen all at once.
“It's just going to be a bit of a roll out time period. For example, next year the sophomores had Civics but they would not have yet had U.S. History, so for two more years including next year and the year beyond, we have to offer U.S. History in 9th grade to 9th graders and 11th grade [U.S History] to 11th graders until kids kind of cycle through this program. But the new requirements aren’t going to exist until next year's freshmen are, in fact, freshmen.”
The new courses were designed to actually benefit the students and teach it to them at the “right” time. It makes more sense to teach U.S. History to freshman who have just spent nine months learning everything up to Reconstruction than juniors who are essentially three years out.
Pastor emphasized that these changes are designed to meet the needs of the kids taking the classes, not only the teachers who have to teach them. Unfortunately, no one gets to see the true fruit of this labor until the class of 2024 goes through and experiences the new curriculum for themselves.
Every four or so years teachers have the opportunity to change the content, and it is clear that Pastor and the Social Studies department seized the moment.