So global history now begins in 1751 because students can’t pass a test on anything that happened before then [“History exam revised,” News, June 15]?
No Protestant Reformation, no Magna Carta, no Crusades, no Columbus, no Spanish Armada, no conquistadors, no Battle of Lepanto, no Inquisition, no Seven Years War! If they don’t know these things, they won’t have the background to understand what happened after 1751.
Stanley Kalemaris, Melville
Cutting off the start date for the Global History and Geography II Regents exam is mind-numbing. If the reason is that “students tended to forget material taught during the first year of the course,” why bother teaching the course?
I suppose that testing them on things like the reign of Henry VIII or Elizabeth I, the settlements at Plymouth and Virginia, the first Thanksgiving, the beginnings of the slave trade, the Salem witch trials and, of course, Benjamin Franklin’s invention of his stove, are forgettable events.
By the way, Newsday’s “This Date in History” column cites the year 1215 for the signing of the Magna Carta — nah, they don’t need to know about that.
Jack Barthel, Cutchogue