Leaders F (0%)
Groups F (0%)
Events F (0%)
History F (0%)
Opposition F (0%)
Tactics F (0%)
Content F (0%)
Grade levels F (0%)
Current events F (0%)
Civics F (0%)
Other movements F (0%)
Context F (0%)
GRADE F means Montana includes none or less than 20% of the recommended content and should significantly revise its standards.
Montana’s content standards do not mention the civil rights movement.
A few curricular documents mentioning the civil rights movement are available from the website of Montana’s Office of Public Instruction. One is a model social studies curriculum on American Indian sports mascots. It includes a statement by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that mentions the civil rights movement’s success in eliminating derogatory representations of African-Americans.
Another is a model lesson plan on the loss of Native American languages. It cites a newspaper article mentioning the civil rights movement as an inspiration for movements to preserve and celebrate Native American culture. A K-12 curriculum guide, Connecting Cultures and Classrooms, asserts that American Indians joined the civil rights movement “in the effort to gain recognition of the government’s trust responsibility and secure improved opportunities for Indian people.”
There are no documents supporting instruction about the civil rights movement available on the Office of Public Instruction’s website.
Montana does not require students to learn about the civil rights movement. This represents a failure of leadership by the state of Montana and a missed opportunity to set high expectations for learning about one of American history’s most important events. To be fair, the inadequacy of the state’s civil rights movement requirements is matched by absence of required content overall.