Iowa history must be taught in all grades by 2020

Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa teachers who haven’t done so for THIS school year may have to incorporate Iowa history in their classroom lessons soon. New state standards requiring Iowa history be taught at every grade level were approved by the Iowa Board of Education this spring.

That’s Stephanie Wager, the social studies consultant in the Iowa Department of Education. According to the new standards, “active, informed citizenship” and “civic competance” is based on an understanding of history.

Iowa is among the last states to require state-specific historical information to be taught in its schools.

The State Historical Society has posted a new collection of more than 170 photos, recordings, letters and other documents online. Teachers are being encouraged to use the items in their history lessons.

The script Iowa native Herbert Hoover used to deliver his inaugural address in 1929 is part of the collection. President Hoover’s handwritten notes are on the documents, along with water marks from the rain that fell the day he took the presidential oath of office. A 100-thousand dollar federal grant helped pay for posting these historical materials online. The items come from the Library of Congress and the State Historical Museum.


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