A member of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee says the state’s curriculum on African American history should avoid treating as a separate issue from overall American history.
State. Rep. Terry Alexander, D-Florence, said the curriculum needs to be about how African-Americans were involved in developing the country. “It wasn’t about just African-American history,” he argued during the committee’s meeting on Monday. “It was about history and the role that African Americans played in the history of this country.”
The Education Oversight Committee (EOC) is an independent panel made up of 18 educators, business members, and elected officials appointed by the legislature and governor to set standards and assessments for improving the state’s K-12 educational system.
EOC members were discussing the new history curriculum proposed as part of the state’s updated social studies standards. Alexander argued the current standards often focus on black history as a separate sub-category from the overall American narrative.
“We’re not saying just set aside for African Americans,” Alexander said. “We’re saying how and the important role that it played in developing this country. And giving the teachers that support. Not just saying Martin Luther King was a civil rights leader.”