Curriculum Changes Could Cut Students' Time with Arkansas History

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Some historians warn that a newly revised social studies curriculum for Arkansas' school children will cut the amount of time allotted for teaching state history.  The new curriculum, set to begin this fall, combines social studies and Arkansas history into one subject for kindergartners through sixth graders.  The curriculum also requires teaching world history in seventh and eighth grade, typically the time Arkansas history was taught.

44 educators devised the curriculum, which must be revised every six years.  A spokeswoman for the state Department of Education defended the changes as a means to strengthen education for all.  Julie Thompson said the new curriculum was not intended to water down any standards.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)