Teaching of black history in Kansas criticized

Some leaders of the black community in Topeka say the state needs to change the way it teaches black history.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some leaders of the black community in Topeka say the state needs to change the way it teaches black history.

They asked the Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday to change curriculum in the state’s schools to include more contributions from African-Americans.

The Rev. Ben Scott, head of the Topeka chapter of the NAACP, says the current curriculum doesn’t tell the entire story of blacks’ contributions to the nation.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that board member Carolyn Campbell says she wants the board to discuss the topic in May.

State law requires the history, government and social studies standards be reviewed every seven years. The review is set to begin this fall, but the revised standards won’t likely be implemented until the 2014-15 school year.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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