Jackie Bohnenblust, U.S. history teacher at McPherson Middle School, has seen previous drafts of these changes during the past several years.
said the standards are moving in the right direction.
"A lot of people think of history as memorizing facts and who did what," she
"There's so much more to history than that.
It's really a story.
hopes this approach will transform the way individuals think about history, switching it from reluctant memorization to eager participation.
"I think the perception out there is that history is a boring subject," she
"I think all subjects have to relate to the students, and they have to become engaged with their learning."
This engagement allows them to carry on their learning later in life.
This importance is stated in the draft's alignment to the Kansas College and Career Standards
, often referred to as the Common Core, which is almost identical to McPherson Citizenship, College and Career Readiness initiative.
said McPherson already is using standards like the one proposed.
"On the McPherson level, we've been doing this all along," she