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U.S. and Virginia Education Politics, Policies, and Prose: The Debate over the Teaching of History

U.S. and Virginia Education Politics, Policies, and Prose: The Debate over the Teaching of History

History and social studies standards are revised in Virginia every seven years. The latest revision process began in 2019 under Governor Ralph Northam’s administration. The history standards went through an extensive review and were set to be released near the beginning of the 2022- 2023 academic year. There has been a delay as Governor Youngkin’s administration has raised concerns. Atif Qarni will look at the trajectory of the development of the revised history standards, why there is a debate over these standards and how politics have influenced the process.

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Cosponsored by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (OLLI Mason). 

About Atif

Atif Qarni is the associate director at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice based out of Temple University. Before joining The Hope Center, Atif served for four years as Virginia’s Secretary of Education under Governor Northam. Prior to that, he was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Atif received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from George Washington University and his Master’s degree in History from George Mason University. Currently he is a doctoral student in pursuit of his Ed.D at Vanderbilt University and teaches a course in Politics of American Education at George Mason University.

About OLLI Mason

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In celebration of George Mason University’s 50th anniversary, OLLI Mason is pleased to collaborate with George Mason University’s Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies to provide the interactive course Russia’s War on Ukraine in Historical Perspective.

OLLI Mason provides intellectual and cultural experiences to curious individuals. Learn more at


This program is appropriate for ages 18+. Register by clicking on the "Begin Registration" button. A Zoom link will be emailed one before start of each program. 

Related LibGuide: Adults and 50-Plus by Fairfax County Public Library (Admin)

Monday, April 10, 2023
11:50am - 1:15pm
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This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Registration is required. There are 50 seats available.

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