Soon a world history class required for graduation will be available for students starting high school in 2017.
In the state of Ohio, the legislature finalized a bill that will add the half year course to graduation requirements.
The requirement was proposed last year, but it was a slow path to passage. According to the sponsor of the bill, State Senator Frank LaRose, the United states makes up just 4 percent of the entire population of the world, and students need to understand world history in order to participate in the global economy.
“The other 96 percent have a rich history the students need to understand,” LaRose said. “This won’t turn Ohio students into world history scholars, but it’s the introduction to it.”
Without a requirement for World History, LaRose and officials at the Ohio History Connection – the state historical society – were afraid that schools would drop world history classes.
“Without a requirement to take World History, students will NOT study essential topics like the French Revolution and Napoleon. Latin American Revolutions, Gandhi, Holocaust and genocide, Apartheid, Fall of the Berlin War and Soviet Union, global terrorism, and the Rise of China and India,” Elizabeth Hedler of Ohio History Connection told the Senate.