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Controversial social studies revision up for vote by Michigan Board of Education

Jun 9, 2019

One of many public hearings on the revised social studies curriculum standards.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

This week, the Michigan Board of Education is scheduled to consider new social studies curriculum standards. 

The path these revised social studies standards have taken could be a civics lesson in itself.

Back in 2018, educators and liberal groups rallied against a proposal drafted with strong input from conservative groups. The proposal called for dropping references to “gay rights,”  "Roe vs Wade” and "climate change.” It also called for replacing the phrase “democratic values” with “core values.”

Under pressure, the Michigan Department of Education pulled the proposal.  

The new proposal reinstates much of what the previous proposal would have dropped.    

But conservatives complain the new proposal will encourage “politicized teaching,” “anti-Christian bias,” and give students “a leftist vision of America’s history.”

The state Board of Education is expected to vote on the social studies curriculum proposal on Tuesday.