Out-of-field teaching in Humanities classes

“While there has been widespread concern over the inadequate numbers of teachers in math and science who are considered highly qualified under No Child Left Behind, just half of public high school students taking foreign languages and 40 percent of those in history classes are taught by faculty members who majored in the subjects,” reports Education Week.

“The disappointing performance of students on many of the indicators, including national assessments in history and civics, some experts say, provides evidence that the humanities are given too little attention in the school curriculum.

“[This] report shows the kind of narrow emphasis on reading and literacy issues doesn’t really work,” said Syd Golston, the president-elect of the National Council for the Social Studies in Silver Spring, Md. “The [curriculum] has to involved the humanities, which are critical to citizenship and living a good life.”

Read “Scholarly Group Takes Pulse of Humanities in U.S.” by Kathleen Kennedy Manzo in Education Week, 13 January

Humanities Resource Center Online


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