Thursday, May 7, 2009

American History Class Requirement

An issue has surfaced here locally.

One of the junior colleges may establish an alternative nursing program. The college would have to comply with an accrediting commission, which stipulates fewer units for graduation, which involves dropping mandatory American History. All other students must take American History to graduate. The Trustees will debate the issue May 12 at 5:00 pm.

Enclosed is a copy of my e-mail to the Trustees. I find the proposal unacceptable. Important questions have not been raised.

As a reminder, your blogger is not a historian, history teacher, or part of the nursing profession. I am a librarian.

Dear Friends: how should this volatile issue be handled?

North County Times Article on Removing History Requirement from Nursing Degree

Letter to the Board of Trustees, Palomar College

Governing Board
Palomar Community College District

Next week you may decide to establish an alternative nursing program. You want to comply with the program’s National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. They want fewer units for graduation, including dropping the history requirement, which all other students have to fulfill. I find the proposal without logic or merit. The reasons for fewer units are not clear to me. Is the Commission’s income linked to the number of graduates? Is there a hidden bias against teaching American history? Just what kind of degree would be awarded? It seems closer to the traditional LVN designation. The Commission needs to be asked some very direct questions.

Why teach history to the other students? Because you know it is a foundation subject, a basic summary of what this country is. Do you feel nurses wouldn’t benefit? In the near future, they will face increasing ethical questions because of the increasing older population. American History & Institutions is very pertinent.

I find the alternative proposal unacceptable. Do not consider it. Find out the basis for your Accrediting Commission’s requirements.

This way, you will continue to graduate competent, well-educated nurses. They will be a credit to Palomar College and our community.


Renata Breisacher Mulry

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