Michigan social studies

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Five years in, Michigan passes social studies standards as conservatives fume

June 11, 2019 | Ron French

With a few last tweaks (adding the Ten Commandments and a reference to sturgeon), Michigan’s controversial social studies standards are approved by a Democratic-leaning state education board  

Opinion | Where’s Moses? New Michigan social studies standards are biased.

April 30, 2019 | Michael Warren

Oakland Circuit Court Judge and noted conservative Michael Warren isn’t happy with a new draft of the standards that would guide the teaching of history in Michigan classrooms.

Q&A: How Michigan social studies became a ‘pawn in partisan games’

April 24, 2019 | Ron French

The state education official in charge of the five-year odyssey to update school social studies standards is tired of her department being used as a political punching bag

Public outcry changed Michigan social studies standards. Add your voice.

April 16, 2019 | Ron French

The public has one more round of public meetings to offer its views on updating subjects covered in social studies classes across the state. Check out the schedule for a hearing near you.

It’s conservatives’ turn to complain about Michigan social studies standards

April 9, 2019 | Ron French

Last year, a draft of state social studies standards drew outrage after references to climate change, gay rights and Roe v. Wade were cut. A new draft restored them. Guess who is outraged now?

Gay rights and climate change are back in Michigan social studies standards

March 26, 2019 | Ron French

A public outcry followed conservative efforts last year to revise ‒ and in some cases, limit ‒ what is taught classrooms. Those changes were largely reversed in a new draft to the state education board.  

Got a beef with Michigan’s social studies standards? Help rewrite them

October 1, 2018 | Ron French

The Michigan Department of Education is asking for volunteers to figure out how controversial proposed changes to the state’s social studies standards should be changed, or not.

A final meeting, and Michigan’s social studies standards head for a rewrite

September 21, 2018 | Ron French

No gay rights. No Roe v. Wade. No Climate Change. That could change, after the Michigan Department of Education was inundated with complaints about social studies revisions for K-12 students.

Six more meetings set on controversial Michigan social studies standards

July 23, 2018 | Ron French

Public outcry over proposed changes to the standards, including deletion of “democratic” from “Core democratic values” at the request of a Republican legislator, has delayed approval.

Public outcry delays Michigan social studies standards

June 29, 2018 | Ron French

Proposed changes in what’s taught as history in classrooms from kindergarten through high school are causing an uproar. The state is extending public hearings through September.

Crowds growing to protest changes to Michigan social studies standards

June 20, 2018 | Ron French

Public meetings that attracted just a few folks have grown bigger and louder since Bridge revealed conservative changes to Michigan K-12 social studies standards.

Michigan school board Dems: We will block conservative social studies changes

June 14, 2018 | Ron French

References to gay rights, Roe v. Wade and climate change have been stripped from state K-12 social studies standards. Democrats on the state school board have the votes to block the changes, and vow to do so

Michigan Sen. David Knezek: Social studies changes are ‘mind-numbing’

June 14, 2018 | David Knezek

In dueling speeches, Knezek, a Democratic state senator, and Republican Sen. Patrick Colbeck duke it out over controversial changes to Michigan social studies standards.

Michigan Sen. Patrick Colbeck: ‘There is a culture war going on’

June 14, 2018 | Patrick Colbeck

The state senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate defends his work helping revise Michigan’s social studies standards.

Michigan Sen. Patrick Colbeck attacks ‘inaccurate’ reporting on social studies role

June 13, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Sen. Colbeck accuses Bridge Magazine of overstating his role in revising state social studies standards. Bridge responds.

History gets a conservative twist in Michigan social studies standards

June 12, 2018 | Ron French, Lindsay VanHulle

Abortion, climate change and gay rights are gone from proposed new social studies standards. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck and conservative groups gained influence on what will taught in Michigan classrooms.