THE FOLLOWING excerpt from an article by Jeffrey Thomas, based on a 1989-1990 survey by the National Endowment for the Humanities of 481 schoolteacher, appears in the March/April issue of the NEH publication Humanities:
High school teachers of U.S. history are spending more classroom time teaching the twentieth century than the early history of the nation, running counter to the oft-stated complaint that teachers run out of teaching time at the end of the school year without having arrived at the end of the syllabus. . . .
Unlike their U.S. history counterparts, world history teachers -- despite the disintegration of the Soviet satellite structure in then-current ['89-'90]events -- gave scant attention to 20th century history, with the exception of World Wars I and II. . . .