Revisiting American History
House Bill 532 would require all Missouri college students to take at least three credit hours of American history before graduating. While some legislators feel this bill is important, others feel it might be the first step in controlling from Jefferson City what goes on in classrooms.
"I see this bill as what appears to be an effort to get the legislature to become the curriculum committee for our universities," said Rep. Rebecca McClanahan (D) Kirksville.
Currently MU requires students to take a history class, but does not specifically require an American history class to graduate. McClanahan feels this bill touches a subject that is becoming an issue in the legislature.
"This appears to be a pattern to me, there are several bills that have been introduced that seem to erode the faculty's decision regarding the education of their students," McClanahan said.
McClanahan fears both HB 532, as well as another with similar intentions, could end up forcing professors to watch their tongues on issues they're passionate about just to satisfy politicians.
If passed, HB 532 would go into effect Jan. 1, 2008.
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