Research shows that social studies education should be about more than just teaching standards to a test. The curriculum should be integrated with student life, to prepare them for a future of participating in our democracy. House Bills 322 and 327 would directly prevent these efforts and further alienate students of color and LGBTQ+ students. Students should be included and feel welcome in the school building, considering they will spend the majority of their childhood learning there. A preferred policy alternative to the two House Bills would be to draft legislation that protects divisive concepts, provides training for teachers and school staff, and encourages difficult conversations to be had.
Dr. Melissa Miller
First Advisor Department
Second Advisor Department
Larsen, Rachel, "Securing the Future of Democracy Through the Continued Education of "Divisive" Concepts" (2022). Honors Projects. 747.