Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Standardized Tests Crowd 1992 Riots From Los Angeles History Classes

The Los Angeles Times (4/16, Watanabe) reports, "Two decades after the" 1992 Los Angeles "riots sparked massive violence that would leave dozens dead and thousands injured, lessons about them appear to be limited in Southern California classrooms." The riots aren't part of the Los Angeles Unified School District's "curriculum because it is not part of the California social studies standards," and, "for many teachers, the pressure to teach content that will be tested in state standardized tests and Advanced Placement exams next month has crowded out time for the riots, however crucial they are to city history and the nation's larger civil rights struggle."

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