So that class really is taught everywhere here in the 7th grade? I wasn't sure if it was just my school district or if was a state-wide 7th grade thing. I still remember that class and my teacher. She was really nice.
Soc Stud Curriculum tends to be
K - 3 Community type stuff
4th State History
5th Overview of US History Crossing of the Land bridge - Yesterday
6th Overview of World History
7th State History
8th US History main focus European Colonization - Civil War
9th US History Civil war - Yesterday
10th/11th World History/Geography
12th US Government/Economy
Yep, I remember "world history".
Apparently there was a shortage of history teachers in Texas in the early 1970's, so my world history teacher was drafted over from the athletic department. His method of "teaching" was to stand in front of the class and read the history textbook aloud.
Tests consisted of "fill in the blank" sentences from the book with a key word left out.
And in those days, "world history" meant "European history", with the exception of Ancient Egypt. After 1066, that narrowed down to English history. China, India, Japan were all dismissed with handwaving. "Oh, they borrowed a few ideas from us, but they didn't influence us in any way."
"What's that?" Horsecollar? "Oh, no, we invented that, and it wasn't important anyway".
And that drags it back to topic; nothing anyone could say or prove with other reference materials would negate the "teacher's" view that the book was the be-all and end-all of historical knowledge. The book said that dinosaurs were the first land animals, so by gawd, they were.
Concrete? "Must be a modern invention, because the book didn't say anything about the Romans inventing it." There were numerous other errors and omissions of that sort, but they have receded into the mists of time and been forgotten.