The building blocks of any good curriculum begin with reading. If you learn nothing else in school, it should be this most basic skill - kind of the reason we have a public school system to begin with.
Every year $720 billion is spent on K-12 public education in the United States. Depending on what federal or state test you look at, we barely crack 50% proficiency in reading by any measure.
This is because the fundamentals - fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension - are not mastered for half of America's children. The reasons for this vary. Deficiencies abound at home and in the classroom, but at some point in 12 years it surely must be possible to offer a little remediation somewhere.
This is our specialty, and we have found that the best way to do it is in a small-group setting using direct instruction.
We have four levels of reading and writing curriculum listed below. Most cover history, civics, and economics, with a little STEM thrown in.
2008 Economic Meltdown
Cuban Missile Crisis
End of the Cold War
The Gathering Storm