A group of history teachers and others will hold a news conference in Little Rock Saturday morning at the Darragh Center to object to the state Education Department’s new Arkansas history framework which they say will result in the elimination of Arkansas history instruction in elementary and junior high schools and thus violate the law. They promise a solution.
UPDATE In response to the announced news conference, the Education Department’s rapid response team has fired back. Here’s the department’s fact sheet. And a quote from Julie Thompson, department spokeswoman:
Mr. Dillard has not contacted the department but we have been hearing several accusations about the curriculum frameworks for Arkansas history that are based on misinformation. The department would have been happy to share this information with Mr. Dillard if he had contacted us, but no one at ADE heard from him. We are, however, in the process of scheduling a meeting with him at our initiative for next week.
UPDATE II: Go to the jump for commentary from a UALR faculty member. The issue here isn’t only Arkansas history.