In 1994 the National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) released the “National Standards for History,” a 250-page document outlining methods and content for teaching U.S. and world history in elementary and secondary schools. The NCHS spent over two years developing the standards, which include recommendations from thirty-five national education organizations. This entry describes what led up to the report and summarizes its recommendations as well as criticisms and revisions of the standards.


The National Standards for History was developed from the National Education Goals adopted by President George H. W. Bush and the National Governors' Association in 1990. His successor, President Bill Clinton, signed that report into law in 1994 as the GOALS 2000, Educate America Act. GOALS 2000 was the culmination of an ...

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