Promoting Equality Throughout the History Curriculum


The modern school systems lack certain people in history, the most notable being Women and African Americans. In response the U.S. Federal Government established Black, and Women’s history months. Black history month celebrated in February and Women’s history month in March. During these months we are supposed to talk, study and learn about women and African Americans respectively. This is all because it was deemed that this information is not present to the proper proportion in regular history books.

My opinion is that the months have noble causes, but are slightly miss guided. I believe that we could restructure our history curriculum so that it would include the different people who would normally be restricted to there month. By reorganizing the history curriculum we can incorporate the people and events in history that have had the greatest effect and impact on history. This will allow African Americans and Women to be respected in the right amount, while also slimming down the “fat” that has been added over the years. 

The information and people that are thought about during these times are irrefutably important; they have changed the course of humanity the same or even more than their Caucasian male counterparts. By studying them in the proper order and in the context of their own time frames it can help generate interest and respect for the piers.

There are however the students in classes who dislike history, and by segregating these groups into their own months might cause those who dislike history to grow a more specific dislike for those particular people in history. 

Additionally, I think I can say with confidence that the history curriculum is a bit over stuffed with things and people. By slimming the things we learn, it can help people in classes interested and prevent fatigue. With a more in depth curriculum a greater focus could also be spent on quality of the lesson, an expansion on even the most basic level in the classroom. With greater focus on individuals and specific events in context with other lessons, students can have a greater understanding of the material overall.

Another possible solution for reforming the history curriculum would be to change the formatting of class by adding third world history class, so that everything can be given the proper time and care needed to effectively teach it. With the information taught now, world two classes have to study everything from 1607 to modern day. Which is just too much information for your average student to learn in only 16 weeks. By adding another world history class, a cut of information  could allow for a focus on more events while not clogging up the works of the pre existing class. 

Theoretically this way of thinking could even be applied to other classes, things like Science, Geography, and possibly even English. The possibilities are endless and it can all start with the history program. Hopefully, school districts and local government can see the benefits of altering the curriculum.