This week, news circulated that Boston Public Schools was planning a restructuring that would eliminate history and social studies departments and place the subjects under a broader "humanities" rubric. This afternoon, Boston Public Schools posted a statement from Interim Superintendent John McDonough that clarifies their plans. McDonough states that history and social studies are not being folded into English language arts, but will remain as a single department. History and English language arts will be together as separate departments under a broader humanities umbrella in their organizational structure.
This statement addresses the immediate concern that Boston Public Schools was drastically deemphasizing social studies in its curriculum by combing them with ELA. NCSS will continue to follow this situation closely, and will reaffirm the importance of social studies during its Annual Conference in Boston this November.