EAD proposes a new “inquiry-based” approach that integrates history and civics together and inspires students to learn by asking difficult questions, then seeking answers in the classroom through facts and discussion.
The EAD Roadmap details seven themes and related questions that a large and diverse group of experts and practitioners think that students should encounter over the course of their K-12 education in history and civics to be prepared and engaged citizens. These themes are:
- Civic Participation
- Our Changing Landscapes
- We the People
- A New Government and Constitution
- Institutional and Social Transformation–A Series of Refoundings?
- A People in the World
- A People with Contemporary Debates and Possibilities.
It is not a scope of curriculum or lessons. It is not standards.
It is a broad framework of questions that states, districts and educators can use to generate their own standards, curricula and lessons that they believe are best suited for their own students.