When individuals are assembled and work toward a common goal, we typically want to label them - Learner, Teacher, Coach, Player...Labels allow for a hierarchy and a common set of norms to be established. In many cases this can be a positive and collaborative process. However, when we think about learning and how each individual interacts within that structure, the lines (labels) are blurred.
The legislature has left for their Thanksgiving break, which just happens to encompass the entirety of Michigan's firearm deer hunting season. Before they left town, though, the Senate Education Committee reported out five bills: three of them would change Michigan's social studies content standards, the other two make changes to the school safety drill laws.
On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee reported out legislation that would require the State Board of Education to change Michigan's social studies content standards and assessments to include a host of additional "American heritage" education topics. The package of three bills introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) is nominally aimed at increasing the amount of civics education students receive as it relates to founding documents and core principles, though the scope is somewhat broader than that. The bills are as follows:
After two whirlwind weeks of testimony on a pair of bills that would make sweeping changes to Michigan's school accountability system and require schools to hold back third graders who were not proficient on their reading MEAP, the indication from committee chair Lisa Lyons (R-Alto) on Thursday was that the House Education Committee intended to slow down the process so as to not rush through an incomplete proposal.