UPDATE: BPS says it's NOT eliminating the department. I've locked the discussion here, please go to the new story to discuss.
We're going to find out next year, now that BPS has decided history and social studies no longer deserve their own departments but instead will become a humanities subset of schools' English Language Arts departments.
BPS says it's just an internal reorganization, nothing to see here, really, and if, anything, kids will be getting more history education:
In terms of what students will see, we will continue to increase the use of History and Social Studies texts used during English Language Arts instruction in order to increase the teaching of History and Social Studies content in all grades. We are also continuing to work with partners and teacher teams to add additional History elective courses in high school.
The Globe reports the reorganization is due in part to a report that paints the picture of dysfunctional BPS departments at war with each other.
Young people must receive high-quality history, civics and social studies instruction in partnership with local Boston institutions. It is thus unacceptable and indefensible that the Boston Public School executive staff would approve a restructuring plan to defund and demote the academic significance of History & Social Studies.
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