Senator: MDE is ‘taking out major benchmarks’ in social studies standards

“They left out key things that happened in world events, like World War I and World II. The first draft didn’t even mention the Holocaust,” Coleman said. 

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Sen. Julia Coleman, R-Chanhassen, recently appeared on Fox and Friends to voice her concerns about the draft of the new social studies standards released by the Minnesota Department of Education.

“They left out key things that happened in world events, like World War I and World II. The first draft didn’t even mention the Holocaust,” Coleman said.

“They are taking out major benchmarks … There is no mention of communism or socialism,” Coleman noted in a Friday Facebook video.

In previous years, the standards have had the goal of teaching students to “protect and maintain freedom” and have been generally agreed upon by the public, unlike the new standards, according to Coleman.

5,000 Minnesota parents contacted the social studies review board with their concerns, but they were “brushed off” and ignored.

“My whole goal here is hoping that by shining a light on this, more and more people will reach out, and we can stop this … before it goes too far down the line,” Coleman said.

A second draft of the social studies standards will be coming out sometime this spring.

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