Popsicle Stick Mission Project Ceases to Exist Under New Framework

The long standing tradition of building a California mission from art materials, or assembling one from a pre-made craft store kit, will soon go the way of the dodo.

Last year, the State Board of Education passed a new framework for history and social science. Part of that was removing the replica mission project for fourth graders, which has been deemed insensitive.

The framework notes that the building of the missions were the result of slave labor by Native Americans, and that building a mini version of these sites doesn’t really hold any educational merit.

The board instead wants educators to shift the focus to what the impacts of the mission have had on society and the environment.

The framework doesn’t demand the end to the project, but does encourage teachers go away from it, which some are more than happy to do.

Read more about how educators and parents feel about the removal of the program at The Sacramento Bee.