Iowa City School District Pausing Social Studies for 3-5 Grade
I didn't think you could pause teaching certain subjects in school, but apparently you can. Iowa City Community School District has decided to put a pause on social studies lessons.
According to KCRG, this would only affect social studies lessons for third through fifth graders. What's the reason for putting a hold on the teachings? Well, the district wants to review the material for cultural inclusiveness. KCRG reports that the district wrote in a statement:
We are pausing the teaching of social studies in grades 3, 4, and 5 for a few weeks while we identify instructional resources that are culturally inclusive of all of our students. It is our intent that social studies instruction in these grades will resume shortly. Teachers are encouraged to focus on Science and Health during this time so that more time can be devoted to Social Studies later in the school year. Social studies is also in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of its curriculum as part of the District’s curriculum review cycle. One aspect of that review will be the selection and implementation of new social studies materials K-6 for the 2021-2022 school year.”
One parent of a student in the district told KCRG that parents weren't even informed of the change, and that he didn't find out until a parent-teacher conference a couple of weeks afterwards.
The district has not revealed "what part of the curriculum is being reviewed at each grade level or what they plan to replace it with." We can expect to know more once the review process is complete.
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