Food For Thought: NC Social Studies Standards & Religious Diversity
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SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY
Speakers: State Board Chair Eric Davis, CMS Superintendent Ernest Winston, and MeckMIN Board Member Pawanjit Singh
On July 8, the NC State Board of Education voted in favor of adopting new content and examples to accompany the K-12 State Social Studies Standards for the 2021-22 school year. These standards, which determine what our children learn about American history and civics, have become contentious.
Join us as we discuss what the standards are, how they were created, and why they matter, especially as we seek to build a community that lives by the highest values and core virtues of its rich faith traditions and respects the dignity of every person.
We'll be joined by Pawanjit Singh, a MeckMIN board member and Sikh American, who has played a role in developing and advocating for the new standards and Earnest Winston, superintendetn of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
“To me, my family, and others like us, when we hear about measures to improve diversity and inclusion in educational materials, they aren’t just empty words or vague ideas. Instead, they’re the difference between a classroom where my children see themselves reflected, represented, and validated in the materials, or remain outsiders looking in.”
– Pawanjit Singh
Food for Thought is a way to gather persons from different fath groups and ethnicities, to break bread together, and to share in relevant issues of common concern.
MeckMIN promotes interfaith collaboration to foster understanding, compassion and justice. We envision a community that lives by the highest values and core virtues of its rich faith traditions and respects the dignity of every person. We live out these values by bringing together people from different faith perspectives and promoting congregational engagement through dialogue and fellowship.