The State of Michigan is currently updating its standards on Social Studies education. If you are a student or community member who wants to have an input on what we learn, make your voice heard! Below, we have listed a few ways you can get involved! First, it is important to educate yourself on the revised curriculum. An unabridged version of it is available by clicking here. As a guide, words that have been added are written in CAPITAL LETTERS, while words that have been removed have been marked via strikethrough.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
Our state educational standards guide teachers and schools in creating lesson plans and in curating the information they decide to teach us. If something is mentioned within the standards, it is expected that a student should be knowledgeable on it; while if it is not, that content may take a backseat. If you believe there is something that students need to learn (regarding Social Studies) that's not mentioned, or if you support the new and revised standards, let our state know!
HOW I CAN MAKE MY VOICE HEARD?
option 1: Comment online
The State has made it fairly simple for you to provide your input on the new Social Studies standards. Simply click here, and fill out the provided form to the best of your capability, and the State will take your opinion into consideration! Online comments are open until September 30th.
Option 2: attend a public meeting
In concert with the release of the new Social Studies standards, the Michigan Department of Education has announced that there will be a set of public comment meetings around the state. The last four such meetings are listed below.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE:
FLINT: The Flint meeting is on June 18th, from 6-8pm, at the Erwin L. Davis Education Center.
SAGINAW: The Saginaw meeting is on June 19th, from 6-8pm, at the Saginaw Intermediate School.
WATERFORD: The Waterford meeting is on June 20th, from 6-8pm, at the Oakland Intermediate School District Headquarters.
SAULT STE. MARIE: The Sault Ste. Marie meeting is on June 26th, from 6-8pm, at the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District.
LANSING: The Lansing meeting is on June 27th, from 6-8pm, at the Michigan Library & Historical Center.
GRAND RAPIDS: The Grand Rapids meeting is on June 28th, from 6-8pm, at the Kent Intermediate School District.