by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Yes, it does.
With news that some ruffians toppled a Confederate memorial statue in Durham, I thought it would be a good time to review what N.C. public school students learn about monuments and statues.
The social studies standards for fourth-grade students require teachers to “Explain why important buildings, statues, monuments, and place names are associated with the state’s history.” Depending on the examples that the teacher chooses to use for their lessons, this may include the statue that was vandalized yesterday.
We do not have access to lesson plans, so it is impossible to know what teachers are actually saying about the incident in Durham or North Carolina’s monuments and statues generally.