teaching history

  • Writing Histories of Witchcraft in a Pandemic

    by Richard Tomzcak

    A course on witch trials, run remotely due to the pandemic, offered a chance to push students to examine new sources, write for the public, and consider how historical subjects acted in a climate of fear and suspicion not entirely different from our own.

  • Time to Stop the Whitewash

    by Joseph R. Fitzgerald

    If having a national, unifying narrative of history is necessary to hold civil society together, it can't be a story that erases inequality, conflict and struggle. 

  • Every Curriculum is Ideological

    by Peter Smagorinsky

    "Every curriculum is ideological. And simply through its selection of materials, subjects, and perspectives, every curriculum is doctrinaire. If conservative thought is designed to promote stability, then it also supports the perpetuation of existing inequities. That sounds political and ideological to me."

  • The Skinny on Teaching Evals and Bias

    A metastudy of bias in student evaluations of college teachers shows that conformity to dominant gender roles is a condition for receiving good evaluations; students both favor profs with masculine traits and punish women for not performing femininity.

  • Why Fred Hampton Needs to Be on Your Kids’ American History Syllabus

    Writer and poet Scott Woods developed a political consciousness watching a 1971 documentary on the assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. He was prepared to be disappointed by the new "Judas and the Black Messiah" but argues the film tells a story that is more important than ever.

  • Editorial: Leave History to the Historians

    An Iowa editorial board says that the flaws of the 1619 Project are nothing in comparison to the efforts of state legislators to interfere in the content of history education. 

  • A Paradox: History Without Historians

    by Jim Grossman

    "We cannot heal this nation without accurately understanding its pathologies, which are by their very nature historical."

  • An Ode To Students

    by Allison Raven

    "Unfairness ran throughout my students’ educational experiences."

  • Lawmakers Push to Ban ‘1619 Project’ From Schools

    "Attempts to ban the materials 'stem from a really unfortunate misreading of the project itself,' said Mark Schulte, the Pulitzer Center’s education director. The lessons aren’t designed to convince students to believe certain ideas, but rather to encourage them to question, he said."

  • First-Person Shooter Ideology​: The Cultural Contradictions of Call of Duty

    by Daniel Bessner

    "Right now, this one game is teaching millions of young Americans about the epic struggle between their government and the Soviet Union, a century-defining cataclysm that resulted in tens of millions of deaths, reshaped world history, and engendered the ideological struggles that presently bedevil the public sphere." But the lesson is one of cynical resignation to today's state of endless war. 

  • Trump Taught Teachers Conspiracy Theories. Now They’re Teaching Them To Students

    “More than anything else, teachers have to distinguish between what’s a real controversy and what’s a pseudo controversy,” said Jonathan Zimmerman, a University of Pennsylvania professor and education historian. “And a real controversy happens when the best-informed people disagree — a pseudo controversy is when they don’t.”

  • The 1776 Follies

    by Michael Kazin

    "At its core, the 1776 report reveals a profound ignorance about what professional historians of the United States actually think and do."