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 F (0%)
Other movements A (100%)
Context A (25%)
Items the state requires
Events: Brown. Tactics: Tactics.
GRADE F means Utah includes none or less than 20% of the recommended content and should significantly revise its standards.
Utah’s students begin to learn about the civil rights movement in grade five. Utah’s Secondary Core Curriculum for Social Studies provides requirements for high school. Items designated as “e.g.” are merely advisory.
Elementary and Middle School
Grade 5: Students are asked to “assess the impact of social and political movements in recent United States history,” with two indicators:
• Identify major social movements of the 20th century (e.g. the women’s movement, the civil rights movement, child labor reforms); and
• Identify leaders of social and political movements.
United States History II: The standards and objectives for this course provide some additional guidance to teachers about the civil rights movement. Standard nine mandates that “students will understand the emergence and development of the human rights and culture in the modern era.” An objective to “[a]nalyze how the civil rights movement affected United States society” requires students to:
• Identify the causes and consequences of civil rights legislation and court decisions.
• Investigate the fight for the political, economic and social equality of women.
• Analyze how the black civil rights movement utilized both social and political actions to achieve its goals.
• Investigate the gains in civil rights made by the American Indian nations, Mexican Americans and other ethnic groups in the last half of the 20th century.
U.S. Government and Citizenship: Brown is mentioned in the standards along with other influential court decisions.
The Core Curriculum makes no additional mention of the civil rights movement.
Utah’s standards are minimal. They mandate instruction about the civil rights movement with essentially no content other than a reference to divergent tactics and a single mention of Brown. They make a vague attempt to link the movement to other liberation movements with no evidence or content.