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Women and minorities in educational curriculum


This is to be a 5-page exploratory paper, with a minimum of 3 scholarly sources –cited — (you may use more, and along with your 3 scholarly sources; you may use material from the popular press). In American schools’ K-12 curriculum, there is relatively little content about women and their achievements. In the 2017 National Women’s History Museum’s analysis of the 50 states and Washington, DC, it found that only 178 of the required 737 historic figures listed in instructional standards were women. That is one woman for every three men, or 178 compared to 559.

Men, of course, have traditionally been our government officials and generals, so that is one reason. But there are curious omissions, say the report’s authors. In this paper, explore what is missing when women are such a small portion of the historic people students are required to study. Consider who might be added to the curriculum to flesh out female representation. Currently in the curriculum are Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, and Sacagawea, along with others you might recognize. States can add people to study, as California did when it made mandatory that students study the accomplishments of Harvey Milk, as a representative of LGBTQ history. One thing you might investigate, too, is what other countries do as far as inclusion of women and minorities in educational curriculum. Full report is here: 02/NWHM_Status-of-Women-in-State-Social-Studies-Standards_2-27-18.pd

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