In June 2018, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote whether to adopt an updated version of the History Social Studies Framework. The last time these standards were revised was in 2003. The proposed revisions include focusing on civic education, and challenging students to deepen their understanding of history, geography, and economics. In part, the proposal reads:
"Throughout their pre-kindergarten to high school years, students must become aware that "government of the people, by the people, for the people is not just a historical phrase from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, but an ideal that must be renewed and reinvigorated by each succeeding generation."
In a speech to your peers, discuss ways that you and fellow students from across the Commonwealth can strengthen youth civic engagement to advance the mission of the proposed curriculum framework.