Woods also added Christmas and Columbus Day to the national holidays studied in kindergarten, explaining that kindergartners are already studying other national holidays.
The history content selected for students to learn is often a politically-charged subject. Last year, the College Board changed its Advanced Placement U.S. History course after hearing criticism from Georgians, including lawmakers and Woods.
This time, Woods was on the receiving end.
“We all have heard the concerns,” state education board member Helen Rice said at Thursday’s board meeting. She recommended postponing final approval of the changes, perhaps until the board’s meeting in May, and the board agreed.
“I think we’re correct in calling a time out,” said board chairman Mike Royal. “We want to be crystal clear on what’s happened.”
Woods’ staff will now go back to the committee that had worked so long on the recommendations, inviting members to reconvene and review his changes.