Plight of US History Instruction in MA – Lowell Sun Editorial

The following editorial recently appeared in the Lowell Sun. It cries out with the identical message we have been sending to the DESE for several years. Plesae onward the editorial to as many legislators, administrators, parents, etc. as you can. U.S. history lessons getting short shrift  With the state pouring $3.2 billion a year into […]

Mass. Senate Special Commission on Civic Education

Headed by Senator Richard Moore, the Special Commission on Civic Education has met several times and will meet next on Sept. 10, 2012. Bob Kostka, MCSS Immediate Past President, and Norm Shacochis, MCSS President, are members of this Commission. The goals of the Commission are: 1. Construct a usable, working definition of civic engagement & […]

Letter to School Systems – SS Education Needed

The following is an emailed letter MCSS has sent to school superintendents, assistant superintendents, and school committees throughout the Commonwealth:   To:      Massachusetts School Asst. Superintendents From: Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) Date: August 16, 2012   Dear  ,   It is that time of year again, the most exciting time […]

Letter to DESE June 2012 – SS Instruction

Ms. Julia Phelps, Associate Commissioner for Curriculum and Instruction, DESE Ms. Susan Wheltle, Director of Office of Literacy and Humanities Massachusetts Dept. Of Elementary and Secondary Education 75 Pleasant St Malden, MA 02148-4906 Dear Ms. Phelps and Ms. Wheltle, In his response to my April letter, Commissioner Chester directed me to communicate with you rather […]

DESE Plans Model Curriculum Unit Development

I attended a meeting at the DESE office yesterday (June 21, 2012) and came away with mixed feelings. First, there were very few constituencies represented that were comprised of classroom educators. The likes of the Tsongas Museum, New England Aquarium, and Primary Source were represented and they all certainly mean well, but none are actual […]

Continuing a “Dialogue’ with the DESE

In early May I wrote a letter to Commissioner Chester about the state of SS in Massachusetts, and he responded on May 21, directing me to communicate with Julia Phelps and Susan Wheltle at the DESE from that time forward. I then sent Ms. Phelps and Ms. Wheltle the following letter, but have received no […]

Letter from Comm. of Education Mitchell Chester troubling and yet…

I recently submitted a letter to Commissioner Chester and the DESE Board voicing our concern for the state of SS in Massachusetts Schools. He responded stating that he, Education Secretary Reveille, and the Board all support SS and he cited several examples. [both letters are posted on the MCSS website] I can not agree with […]