"There is considerable fragmentation, many content gaps, and a general lack of coherence across K-12 in providing the full array of -- history, geography, and current events -- to students," said the report obtained by the Boston Globe.
The report said the curriculum tries to cover a broad spectrum of cultures, but some parents and teachers say the schools are straying from the state guidelines and shortchanging American history -- and that could put Newton students at a disadvantage when the state begins standardized testing on social studies.
For example, the Newton first grade curriculum suggests students learn the biographies of four of six figures: Benjamin Banneker, Yo-Yo Ma, Rachel Carson, Selma Burke, Mae Jemison and Thomas Edison -- but Edison is the only figure on the list that the state has on its list.
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