IB History Course Sequence Updates (A rose by any other name…)

“What’s in name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”

– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 1

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a good start. I am enjoying running, playing with my kids, and starting my summer reading list (John Lewis Gaddis’s biography of George Kennan, huzzah!)

I am posting in order to (hopefully) clear up the current confusion about the course sequence due to the new nomenclature on the course request forms. The most important thing to say is that the course sequence is remaining exactly the same. All IB History students will study the IB twentieth century history curriculum during the first year, and the HL students will study the history of the Americas curriculum during the second year. The new course request form and nomenclature has seemingly reversed this sequence, as some of you have pointed out. The reason for this is bureaucratic and has to do with the new application of end of course exams to teacher evaluations. New state rules require that the end of course exam and course name match, hence there will be juniors enrolled in different courses taking the same class together.

In order to alleviate confusion, I will be renaming the classes on my website and blog and on all paperwork. Henceforth, the course will be IB History Year 1 and IB History Year 2. No worries though, as Juliet admonishes us, the rose will still smell as sweet. Year one students will still become obsessed with the problem of peacemaking and peacekeeping and the relative merits of Woodrow Wilson’s idealism vs. Clemenceau’s realism. You will still try not to blow up the world in the annual Cuban Missile Crisis simulation.

Now that I have hopefully cleared everything up, juniors, it’s time to start reading Guns of August.

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