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Should schools continue Eurocentric curriculums?
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Western curriculums should be the dominant narrative for Western society

Western civilizations have layed the foundation for modern society. Having a thorough understanding of Eurocentric history is crucial for students to learn about the roots of modern society.
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The Argument

Those who live in Western society should have an education primarily based on Eurocentric ideals. Understanding the fundamentals of one’s society is a crucial first step before exploring other cultures and voices. [1] From the Roman Empire to the expansive British Regime, European influence spreads throughout the world. It is imperative to have a sufficient understanding of the empires that have layed the foundation for modern society. [1] Rather, some would argue that schools need even more focus on European history. A recent survey found a shocking lack of Holocaust knowledge among Americans. This brings more evidence for why schools need to allocate even more time to mastering European history. [2] Raymond English, a former curriculum specialist, argues that Eurocentric curriculums would benefit all of society, not just Western society. English claims that most of the developing world is trying to “Europeanize” to match Western society. A Eurocentric curriculum would be a major step forward for developing worlds and their paths to “Europeanize.”[1]

Counter arguments

While society has been built from Western civilizations, the demands of modern multicultural society require an education of diverse voices. Globalization has created an increasingly diverse society; having a solely Eurocentric education is a one-sided and outdated narrative. Being educated in diverse voices can even develop one's racial literacy, an important skill for modern society. [3]



Rejecting the premises


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