In response to the Call for Annual Conference Proposals by the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, I am organizing a panel entitled “Opposing Quasi-Religious Interference in Public School Social Studies Programs.” The conference is Thursday and Friday, October 22-23, 2015 in Athens, GA. The proposal deadline is April 30, 2015.
The Georgia legislature is considering changes to the teaching of social studies and history in public schools. In particular, S.R. 80 calls upon members of the executive branch to steer Georgia away from the Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) Exam. Other proposals mandated “civics education,” such as HB 132, and specified directions in teaching of U.S. and world history, such as HB 481. Other proposed legislation of interest were SB 216 “Celebrate Freedom Week” and SB 202, “America’s Founding Philosophy and Principles Act.”