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Petitioning House Education Standing Committee Representative Teresa Fedor and 22 others

Save World History in Ohio's Schools

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.

 

For more information on this budget neutral legislation, see:
http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=130_SB_96

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • House Education Standing Committee
    Representative Teresa Fedor
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    Timothy Derickson
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    Denise Driehaus
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    Bill Hayes
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    Michael Henne
  • Ohio House of Rep., Education Standing Committee
    Stephanie Kunze
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    John Patterson
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    Debbie Phillips
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    Fred Strahorn
  • Ohio House of Rep., Education Standing Committee
    Representative Nickie J. Antonio (Ohio House of Rep., Education Standing Committee)
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    Tony Burkley
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    Heather Bishoff
  • Ohio House of Representatives
    John.Becker
  • House Education Standing Committee
    Representative Kristina Roegner
  • Govenor State of Ohio
    Govenor John Kasich
  • Chairs of the House Education Standing Committee
    Representative Gerald Stebelton
  • State Representative
    Andy Thompson
  • Chair, State Board of Education in Ohio
    Debe Terhar
  • State Board of Education in Ohio
    Mary Rose Okar
  • Ohio House of Rep., Education Standing Committee
    Representative Marilyn Slaby
  • Ohio House of Rep., Education Standing Committee
    Representative Ryan Smith
  • House of Representatives
    Andrew Brenner
  • Governer of Ohio
    John Kasich


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