Thursday, January 6, 2022

MDE to Hold Hearing on Proposed Social Studies Curriculum

The Mississippi Department of Education issued the following statement. 

 The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) will hold a public hearing about proposed revisions to the state’s academic standards for social studies at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Mississippi Agricultural Museum Sparkman Auditorium in Jackson. The proposed changes are available through the Secretary of State website:

The MDE, in consultation with Mississippi educators, periodically reviews and updates the state’s academic standards, which are called the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards (MCCRS). Academic standards outline the skills and knowledge expected of students in each grade and subject. Local school districts set their own curriculum.


The MCCRS for Social Studies were last updated in 2018. As schools began to implement the standards, teachers said some standards needed more clarity and the content examples distracted from objectives. More than 40 Mississippi educators participated in the revision process for the 2021 social studies standards, which clarified the learning goals and identified content examples to be moved to an instructional planning guide scheduled for release in May. The core standards remain unchanged. 


Just like the 2018 social studies standards, the 2021 standards focus on the mastery of the five social studies strands: civics, economics, geography, civil rights and history. All learning objectives remain centered on conceptual understanding, fostering inquiry, collaboration and action, and integration of content skills. The MCCRS for Social Studies 2021 create a framework for high quality social studies instruction for all Mississippi students.


“Mississippi educators have been implementing higher academic standards for nearly a decade, which has led to unprecedented student achievement,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. “We greatly value their experience and input as we further strengthen our academic standards.”


Mississippi residents wishing to speak at the hearing must register by 9 a.m. Jan. 25. Speakers are expected to address the content of the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for Social Studies 2021.


Feedback about the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for Social Studies 2021 may also be submitted to the MDE in writing via email,, or mail, Mississippi Department of Education, Attn: Jen Cornett, K - 12 Social Studies Director, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205 .


Anonymous said...

Queue the CRT comments.

Anonymous said...

"Students should acquire a working knowledge of
tactics engaged by civil rights activists to achieve social change.
Among these are: demonstrations, resistance, organizing, and
collective action/unity."

What about acquiring a working knowledge of how to take advantage today's situation where the civil rights barriers are down and opportunities for minority students are abundant and free ? What good will having a working knowledge of how to be a perpetual victim do anyone ?

Anonymous said...

I have proof (screenshots of the work) that a teacher in Rankin County was giving CRT crap to students at the high school. So that won't fly here.

Anonymous said...

Best thing we ever did was get our kid out of public schools. I can assure you that the private school that he goes to now will not be teaching CRT or any of that other communist bullshit. And no, it's not one of the 'prestigious' private schools in the Jackson metro area.

PittPanther said...

Reconstruction and its dismantling needs to be discussed beyond 8th grade. It's material that needs older minds.

Anonymous said...

"These boys and girls enter our organizations at ten years of age, and often for the first times get a little fresh air; after four years of the Young Folk they go on to the Hitler Youth, where we have them for another four years... And even if they are still not complete National Socialists, they go to Labor Service and are smoothed out there for another six or seven months...And whatever class consciousness or social status might still be left... the Wehrmacht (German Armed Forces) will take care of that."

Adolf Hitler (1938)

Anonymous said...

Madison County school music programs are forbidden to have programs on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Presidents Day. Children music teachers are scrambling to have historic content for the programs.

Madison Schools began slipping after the retirement of Mike Kent. It is a steep slide now.

Anonymous said...

well then by all means, 10:11...lets see this proof.

Anonymous said...

If CRT were to include a FULL history of slavery all the way up to where it is still going on today then go for it. Imagine all the exploding minds finding out that slavery isn't and wasn't created by whitey and that actual black folks owned slaves right here in America and were in part responsible for the trade itself . The slave trade is still active in parts of N. Africa. It's all on paper kiddos...all you have to do is look for it.

Anonymous said...

Bla bla bla, lockstep kill whitey communist curriculum.

Anonymous said...

Well good~
3 questions here:
1) Will someone give proof where CRT is already being implemented in any public school in Mississippi? Real proof.
2) I've read comments online by many teachers thru the state, the content of concern is only about changes in Social Studies, is part of "standard proposed changes every few years", these teachers are NOT seeing CRT in the school, the proposed changes are NOT CRT -- their words.
Does anyone agree with that?
3) If proposed changes are passed by MS State Board of Education does the local level school district have to accept and implement?

Anonymous said...

Copied - " “Children; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room, they contradict their parents and tyrannize their teachers. Children are now tyrants.” Socrates, circa 470BC.

Anonymous said...

Looks like someone doesn't like certain truths here. Something wrong with the true history of slavery being taught KF ?You have no idea What is happening within the walls of public schools here (reverse racism). Take your private school blinders off.

Anonymous said...

11:33 I bet they quoted Socrates in 1917 in Russia and in 1949 in China. Nothing to see. Move along.

Anonymous said...

Red herring to claim that CRT must first be taught before it can be banned.

Anonymous said...

Real proof.

And you are the arbiter?

Anonymous said...

If your kid needed to be moved to a private school to protect them from critical theory, you've messed up as a parent.

I say this as someone who thinks most critical theory is garbage.

Both my kids joined the debate team at a strong public school and had to learn to respond to critical theory arguments pretty much every weekend. It helped them get scholarships, but it also made them much better at pointing out the shortcomings of far-left ideology.

Don't run and hide at some ideologically-blinkered little academy. Teach your kids to hear the other side and defend what they believe.

Anonymous said...

@10:36, that is completely inaccurate as I attended my child's Christmas performance just a few weeks ago at a Madison County elementary school.

Anonymous said...

@2:05pm - You are absolutely right. Unfortunately most parents are lazy and uninvolved in their children’s education beyond screaming taking point from Fox News at their local school boards. It’s much easier to just move them to a private school, feel good about themselves, and continue to be uninvolved.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Madison schools have no proscribed holiday events.

Let's Teach Hatred of Whites said...

"Something wrong with the true history of slavery being taught KF ?"

May I follow-up with a question? Assuming you are all in with a 'true history of slavery', would you also endorse the teaching of 'a true history of Abraham Lincoln'? To include his: racist views, exact racist quotes from his presidential debates, views on shipping 'negroes' out of the country, the freeing of zero slaves and abandoning the US Constitution?

Or are you simply in favor of sharing only the 'theory' of race in America?

Anonymous said...

@2:05PM and @7:02PM, 10:25AM from yesterday here. I assume that y'all directed your comments at me, which is fine. Where I messed up is not sending my kids to private school from the very beginning. Despite what I thought, we don't live in a strong public school system (no, we don't live in Jackson), so unlike you, I chose not to tough it out. And frankly, I'm tired of listening to the "other side" as you say that is being crammed down our throats 24/7. And no, I'm not a Fox News disciple; I actually can't stand that network along with all the other cable news outlets. I know what I believe, as do my teenage kids. At least for now, this is still a free country, and if I don't want to subject my kids to the degenerates and liberal ideology that is being pushed in almost all public schools, then I don't have to. Call me what you want, because I frankly could care less. I am absolutely at peace with our "ideologically-blinkered little academy" where my kids are getting a quality, Christian worldview education. As the old saying goes, to each his own.

Anonymous said...

2:05 : Never hear me saying AL was some sort of God. He was POTUS therefore he was a ruthless asshat. Just saying by teaching history correctly. I can site examples.

Anonymous said...

@8:35 1/7
Comments or questions are not directed to anyone.
Looking for answers. I don't have kids in MS schools. Been there.

Anonymous said...

"Madison County school music programs are forbidden to have programs on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Presidents Day. Children music teachers are scrambling to have historic content for the programs."

Bull fucking shit. Peddle that somewhere else.

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