Tuesday, December 13, 2011

St. Rep. John Adams: Teaching Historical Documents Will Improve Our Children’s Education

St. Rep. John Adams
COLUMBUS—Following the passage of Senate Bill 165 from the Ohio House of Representatives, State Representative John Adams (R-Sidney) released the following statement:

“I am glad to see that the House passed this legislation today with bipartisan support. This is a concept that will help tomorrow’s leaders have a better insight into how these documents led to the system of government that we have today. By giving our children a more comprehensive understanding of our heritage, we are better preparing them to be productive Americans and Ohioans who realize the value of hard work, dedication and liberty.”

S.B. 165 requires the State Board of Education to incorporate into the state social standards, for grades 4 to 12, academic content regarding the original texts of the Declaration of Independence, Northwest Ordinance, U.S. Constitution, and Ohio Constitution by July 1, 2014.

Additonally, it requires the State Board to revise the state model curricula and achievement assessments in social studies to include the new academic content. It also specifies that a valid educator license in social studies is sufficient to teach the additional American history and American government content required by the bill.

S.B. 165 will now be sent back to the Ohio Senate for concurrence.