Leaders F (0%)
Groups F (0%)
Events F (8%)
History F (0%)
Opposition F (0%)
Tactics F (14%)
Content F (5%)
Grade levels F (0%)
Current events F (0%)
Civics A (100%)
Other movements A (100%)
Context D (25%)
Items the State Requires
Events: 1964 Civil Rights Act. Tactics: Black Power.
GRADE F means Nevada includes none or less than 20% of the recommended content and should significantly revise its standards.
Nevada’s Social Studies Content Standards include minimal coverage of the civil rights movement. Minority rights movements are mentioned in a benchmark under the broad heading of “Social Responsibility & Change.” That standard calls for students to “understand how social ideas and individual action lead to social, political, economic, and technological change.”
Elementary and Middle School
Nevada requires no civil rights content at this level.
Grades 9-12: Under the category heading “Civil Rights & the 1960’s” are the following two benchmarks:
• Explain how the social and economic opportunities of the post-World War II era contributed to social responsibility and change.
• Identify and describe the major issues, events and people of minority rights movements, i.e., Civil Rights Act of 1964, Black Power Movement, United Farm Workers, American Indian Movement, Viva La Raza and women’s rights movement.
There are no other mentions of the civil rights movement. In Nevada, the use of “i.e.” indicates that the items which follow are required content.
Nevada seems to have taken the most general approach possible to requiring study of the civil rights movement. It offers no direction to teachers by specifying any content other than Black Power and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Further, it entirely omits the history, complexity, resistance to, tactics and trajectory of the civil rights movement.
These standards represent 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 the minimalism of the state’s social studies standards overall.