Honest question to @sendahms and other @mngop & @MinnesotaDFL legislators. If I am teaching the Civil War to 7th graders, how much time should I devote? What key events, people, concepts should I discuss? How should I assess? Remember, I have 50 minute class periods. #mnleg
I'll take it another step further, using the same parameters?
How much time, ... etc. should I devote to the #WWI? Who do I include, exclude? What outside resources can I bring in and which must I avoid? Remember these are 13 year olds and we have 173 school days.
Repeat this for the following:

What battles do we focus on? How do we build context? Outcomes?
When we talk about the #GreatDepression, what should I include? What economic factors can I and can't I mention? Do I include agricultural practices? Innovation? Which ones? Outcomes? Who benefited? Who might have been left behind?
How long do I have to talk about the government programs that resulted from FDR's administration? Am I allowed to talk about the goals, the consequences (intended and unintended)? How many days am I afforded to do that in my 173 days of school for 7th graders?
What is acceptable to talk about when discussion the Civil Rights Act. Now, a historian might ask you which one? But, I'd argue most adult don't realize that there were more than 1! What did each do? What didn't they do? When did they take place? What led to them.
173 days.
This is sort of fun! Everyone is an expert and I am sure everyone could provide justification for how and why their ideas should be valued. I understand. Trust me!
But again, I have 173 days and about 50 minutes per class. So, what am I teaching and what am I leaving out?

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I continue to be shocked by the gross misinformation that continues to come out regarding the Minnesota Social Studies Standards revision process from members of the #mnleg and elsewhere.
In this thread, I'll start w/ @sendahms, who stated in a recent FB video message that the committee wants to remove the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War 1 & World War 2 from the social studies state standards for Minnesota. This is flat out untrue. facebook.com/watch/?v=33056…
Also suggested by @sendahms and the Center for the American Experience is that presidents - all mentions of Abe Lincoln and George Washington & others, have been removed from the standards. This too, is a gross misrepresentation of the work the committee has done.
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100 days ago, it was almost 100° warmer than it it today - we had a record high of 75° in Saint Paul, MN on November 6.
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