Social Studies Standards

Proposed academic standards for teaching social studies in Nebraska would require public school students to learn how to manage money and would encourage them to look at history from multiple perspectives.

The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking public input on the draft standards released Thursday. The standards detail what students in kindergarten through 12th grade will learn in history, economics, geography and civics.

Harris Payne is director of social studies for the Education Department. He says the draft builds on standards set in 2012 by adding clarity and direction for teachers.

The standards also address how to teach about topics such as marginalized groups, climate change and civic engagement.

The State Board of Education is expected to vote on the revised standards in the fall.

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