The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 96, sponsored by State Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley), which would require students to complete at least one unit of world history and civilizations prior to high school graduation.
“An understanding of the world’s cultures, traditions, and governments is potentially one of the most valuable and necessary things we can pass to our children,” said LaRose. “This knowledge is not an academic benchmark, it is the imperative understanding and wisdom our students need to be civically engaged, maintain America's role as a world leader, and participate in a global economy.”
Current law requires students to successfully complete 20 units of instruction in order to receive a high school diploma, including three units of social studies. Senate Bill 96 would require at least one of those units to be in world history. This legislation builds on Senate Bill 165, which strengthens the study of American History and Government.
Corbin Moore, President of the Ohio Council for the Social Studies, described the importance of this legislation: "The study of world history is an essential part of our young citizens' education. With a strong foundation in world history, students will be better equipped to compete in the global economy and meet the challenges of the 21st century."
The legislation will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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