Kansas school board approves new history standards


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Board of Education has approved new standards for history and social studies classes for public schools despite concerns that they don’t focus enough on the contributions of minorities.

The board’s vote Tuesday was 9-0. The guidelines will be used to develop standardized tests for students, with the state using their scores to measure how well schools are teaching.

Board member Carolyn Campbell, a Topeka Democrat, said she does not believe the standards go far enough in making sure that schools teach students about the contributions of blacks and other minorities.

However, Campbell said they are an improvement over the previous standards, adopted in 2004.

Supporters of the new guidelines say they emphasize teaching student research skills over memorizing content.

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