Four Year Social Studies Requirements May Be Reduced To Three Years


BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) —The Raleigh County Board of Education met earlier tonight to discuss how to improve schools in our area. One item on tonight’s agenda was presented to provide students with more course selection opportunities.


West Virginia is one of the only states to require Social Studies classes for four consecutive years. Board Members are considering reducing the Social Studies requirement to three years to allow students to choose an additional core or elective class in its place.


A Social Studies teacher from Woodrow Wilson High School attended the meeting to share the importance of maintaining the four year Social Studies requirement in Raleigh County.


“Not knowing our history as a country, it divides us even further. We don’t know what we’ve gone through, what we have achieved, what we’ve overcome. We have students that will be competing and cooperating with students from other backgrounds and cultures. If they never had a World History class, it’s going to put them at a real disadvantage. It’s going to hurt our democracy if we don’t have students grounded in the Constitution and our country’s history and taking pride in that,” said John Quesenberry, Social Studies teacher.

After hearing from the public, the Board of Education tabled the motion until a further meeting so they can review the implications and have more discussions on the matter.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.