Implement an inclusive and comprehensive modern US History curriculum across Ohio

Implement an inclusive and comprehensive modern US History curriculum across Ohio

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In the year 2020, a racial awakening swept our nation. Throughout the year every facet of American life was tasked with re-evaluating its efforts to advance the fight for social, political, gender, and racial justice and our education systems and curriculums have not been spared. 

A secondary social studies teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Paige Shoemaker, recognized the dire need for inclusive teachings of the United States History curriculum within our schools. While many teachers, including Shoemaker, have lead their classroom instructions with an inclusive and comprehensive lens (such as, encouraging thought provoking and difficult conversations amongst students regarding race, gender, and politics within United States History) it has been made clear that these conversations should become the new standard not in their classroom discussions alone, but in all set curriculums distributed throughout classrooms across the State of Ohio. 

In light of this, Shoemaker organized and led a group from diverse professional and personal backgrounds to advance this mission and to develop the People’s Unfiltered United States History (PUUSH) model curriculum. The team designed the  PUUSH curriculum that seeks to provide a more historically accurate and inclusive lens to United States History. The ultimate goal was to answer the simple question: Who’s history has been left out and why is it so important that we integrate it into our work? 

The redesign has answered that question by expanding on existing standards and including new standards as well as topics of history that were previously excluded. The goal for this project is to push and encourage high schools across the state to adopt the People’s Unfiltered United States History curriculum and teach United States history through a more accurate, representative and transparent lens.

Sign this petition if you believe your United States history education should have included more honest stories about the country's history and ones that focus on Black, Indigenous, women and LGBTQIA+ history. Help us implement the new PUUSH curriculum into Social Studies classrooms across the state of Ohio! 

Find more about our work @puushedu on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and soon, our curriculum located on our website at PUUSH.org 

"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them" – Ida B. Wells

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