As a veteran Social Studies teacher, House Bill 924 scares me. HB 924 is not teacher-friendly. While part of the bill lengthens teacher contracts, most of the bill is detrimental, especially to high school Social Studies and Career and Technical Education (CTE) departments. It mandates an “Economics and Personal Finance” course be made a requirement in Social Studies. However, there is already a CTE course, “Personal Finance.” Placing a course suited for CTE in Social Studies is like putting Science courses into English curriculum.
This bill destroys current Social Studies courses. Likely, American History I and II would be merged into a single, one-semester course. I love teaching history and cannot watch the subject be degraded. Around 2011, US history was a one-semester course, but was expanded to two semesters due to lack of history learned. I could not cover content of American History or enrich students’ understanding through activities. Enrollment in Advanced Placement US History - a course that teaches college skills - would plummet.
Since a course is already in place, the least disruptive and most logical solution is to keep it where it already exists - in the CTE department. Robbing CTE of this course to place it in another, less-suited department, would cost teacher jobs.
Contact Governor Cooper today and urge him to veto it. Putting lipstick (teacher contracts) on a pig (the rest of the bill), does not prevent this bill from being a pig.