Ohio Governor Signs Historical Documents Law

A new Ohio law requires students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other documents.(Photo: flickr: sa_ku_ra)
A new Ohio law requires students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other documents.(Photo: flickr: sa_ku_ra)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed into law a bill that requires students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other documents.

Proponents of the bill signed Friday said it was important for students to study the actual texts and not just summaries and analyses.

The law, which takes effect in three months, would require high school end-of-course examinations in American history and American government, and at least 20 percent of the government exam would relate to the documents by the 2013-2014 school year.

Critics have included Democrats who say the documents are culturally narrow, failing to include texts such as the Bill of Rights, Emancipation Proclamation and Constitutional amendments that address women’s rights and civil rights.

Comments
  • Xflowers

    Any history teacher worth his or her salt will add the Bill of Rights, Emancipation Proclamation and Constitutional amendments without the prompting of the Ohio Legislature. They will also teach how are government works, which so many people fail to understand.

  • Mtgphd

    History teachers may add the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation and especially the Constitutional amendments, but the exams won’t cover them, apparently.

    We haven’t known until recently just how government doesn’t work, so that has been a lesson. It is understandable why Kasich would not want to instruct about how Civil Rights and the Equal Rights Amendment advanced or didn’t advance as the case may be. Kasich does not believe in equal rights for women, of course. Why would he want children to be instructed in them.

  • greta

    Teaching to the test is the only way for teachers to get a good evaluation. So subjects or documents not included on the test will NOT be emphasized, giving students a very limited view of our evolution as a nation.