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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NC Schools May Cut Early American History and Require "Global Studies"

Under a new curriculum proposal for North Carolina high schools, the study of U.S. history would begin with the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877, and a new course called "Global Studies" would be required for all ninth-grade students. The new "Global Studies" course will focus, in part, on issues such as the environment.

Critics say the state's decade-old high school curriculum may need an update — but not like this.

"The answer isn't to throw out fundamental portions of U.S. history," said Mike Belter, a U.S. history teacher and social studies director. "This is not preparing our kids to have a deep historical perspective that can be used to analyze modern events for themselves."

Educational policy analyst Terry Stoops agrees.

"I'm all for a global outlook, but it should not be at the expense of American history and learning about American institutions and ideas," he told Fox News.

But those considering the proposal say kids will still learn the basics.

"The students are in school for 13 years," said Garland. "They certainly are taught U.S. and North Carolina history in middle school."

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