The South Carolina Council for History Education is an affiliate of the National Council for History Education. We support their mission to:
Provide professional and intellectual leadership to foster an engaged community committed to the teaching, learning, and appreciation of diverse histories.
Empower learners to research and interpret the past.
Investigate the past, engage in the present, and shape the future with History's Habits of Mind.
The study of the American past has evolved over the last century. In the last 25 years, there has been a gradual but steadily growing emphasis on teaching students about the more troubling and sometimes hypocritical actions of our government, leaders and society, along with promoting the disciplinary skills of historians. The events of the past summer have opened an important dialogue on the role school history plays in systemic racism. The negligence of omitting African American history from local, state and national narratives in public education is vividly reflected in the current social and political environment today. We have much work to do in making history a more inclusive and substantive experience for our students and citizens.