Jonathan Burack writes, in response to my critique of the proosed Massachusetts standards: ‘So I say yes to "one civilization after another" as long as you also identify the ways they interacted and - to speak unfashionably - "appropriated" one another's cultures.’
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Thanks for all the replies. Seems like we are in agreement.
I do agree with the themes and trends approach or as the WHAP (world history AP) standards call them Key Concepts.
Furthermore, I am not sure why the Framework creators did not just adopt / adapt the WHAP (world history AP) standards with whatever additions and editions they desired.
Your Pro West and the Rest point of view is long, and well-established. It is certainly appropriate for a Western Civ approach. But when HS students are likely to take only a single swing at a World History pináta, I believe it is crucial that we embrace as wide a framework as possible , lest students end up with a trumpian view of the world.
I already posted a reply, but perhaps an additional diatribe will be tolerated because it raises a different issue: If I may, I'd like to widen the frame of the initial question.