Change in education goals used to come slowly. Since the 1960s, it’s generally come from federal law and Supreme Court rulings. But today, political polarization and social media clashes have devolved decision-making to debate. 

We live in civic turmoil that reaches every part of society — even into how children are taught our nation’s history. Here in Kansas our educators and their curriculum are being unfairly pilloried by both the left and right in the cultural war over the teaching of U.S. history.

Sharon Hartin Iorio is dean emerita at Wichita State University College of Education.