Save World History in Ohio's Schools

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In a recent decision, the Ohio State Legislature and the Ohio Department of Education decided not to include world history as a required course for high school graduation. Our representatives have also failed to include world history on its list of courses to be assessed. In the past 10 years, the education community has come to learn that if a course is not mandated or assessed, it’s usually not taught; especially, in such difficult economic times for schools (Ravitch, 2010). This unprecedented move will have devastating consequences for our students, families, communities, and industry in an increasingly globally interconnected age.


The decision to not include world history as a required course could not have come at a worse time with our nation and veterans engaged in on-going international military conflicts, citizens facing a global economic recession, and our world facing important global issues. The fact is that our State needs citizens, consumers, workers, and businesses that are knowledgeable about the rest of the world and its people. More so than any other generation, today’s students will be actors on a global stage (Merryfield & Wilson, 2005). Their lives will be shaped by events, movements, and issues from all corners of our planet. Their economic, political, and environmental decisions will have a significant impact on our world. World history courses and their equivalents are best suited to help students understand phenomena that transcend states, cultures, and people (World History Association, 2007). World history courses provide students with a macro-level frame of reference whereby the vast mosaic of human history, interaction, and exchanges are best understood (World History Association, 2007).


We're asking that the Ohio General Assembly and The State Board of Education support Senate Bill 96 (sponsored by Senator LaRose; co-sponsored by Senators Lehner, Cafaro, and Hite) that requires students to complete 1 unit of instruction on the history of cultures from around the world other than that of the United States, which is taken from the 2 units of social studies required for high school graduation. This bill was supported unanimously in the Ohio Senate Education Committee and in the Ohio Senate.


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