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Subject: WORLD history
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 5:34 PM ET
Member Since: 10/17/2006
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I've been thinking about how globalization is proceeding, and I got to wondering how much exposure to World History a high school student in the USA gets.  I rather doubt that World History would be a "required" course, but I don't know.   I've seen a little of how Americans behave when they are in "foreign" countries, and sometimes it smacks of condescension.   I have been embarrassed for some of my countrymen, sometimes.   And the "language jingoism" of Americans has bothered me for a long time.   It's a grim joke, that one about "someone who speaks several languages is a polyglot; someone who speaks two languages is bi-lingual; and someone who speaks but one language is an American.

And another thing---when I first went to "junior college", one of the first classes I took was Economic Geography.  It was really informative and enlightening, and it taught a good deal about the people who live in those various parts of the world.

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Date Posted: 5/4/2012 6:49 PM ET
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Two years of World History is required in Virginia high schools as well as one year Economics, one year US history and one year US Government.  I believe most, if not all, states require World History for at least one year.

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 5/5/2012 4:45 AM ET
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In WV one year of World History was required. In PA, in our Cyber School, my daughter took Global Economics this year (as well as a Government course) and next year has to take Modern World History. So that will be three world history courses since she took the one in WV freshman year.

Our Cyber school uses K12 curriculum which is a classical curriculum. My youngest is in 7th and this year she began with Pre-History and has worked her way towards the Crusades. They cover all the major religions at the time of their origination. So at the time Hinduism began, she had to study the Indian culture of that time period and what exactly hinduism was. I love the way they have it set up and wish they taught it like that at regular schools.