National Council for the Social Studies ( 1994), Peace Corps World Wise Schools ( 1998)
South Africa, for instance, had a profound impact on students' views of race in the United States. Investigating racism and segregation in South Africa brought new perspectives to bear in thinking about similar issues in the United States.
Perhaps most significantly, studying world history makes more clear the profound historical effect of people's differing beliefs, values, experiences, and knowledge. Recognizing some of these differences challenges students' assumptions about the growth and development of human societies, laying a foundation for reconsidering stereotypical thinking and enhancing cross-cultural communication. In addition, studying world history puts national history--and national identity--in a broader context, suggesting alternatives to current local and national practice. To the extent that such study makes explicit students' connection to other parts of the globe, it better prepares them to participate in the kind of decision making required of citizens in an increasingly interconnected world.
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