iOS app Android app

Textbooks

Lying to Children About the California Missions and the Indians

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

All my life, I have heard only one story about California Indians: godless, dirty, stupid, primitive, ugly, passive, drunken, immoral, lazy, weak-willed people who might make good workers if properly trained and motivated. What kind of story is that to grow up with?

We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch.

From 'Deafening Silence' to Desperate Silencing: Hinduphobia Denial Is Hinduphobia Too

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

This essay is not about Narendra Modi's silences, real or perceived. It is not about allegations of silence made and repeated in the echo-chamber of unimaginative media discourses. No. It is about a real silence that no one in the media bothers calling out.

To See What Your Kids Are Missing, Crack This Book

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.17.2015 | Education
Peter Mandel

The contemporary kid's dawn-to-dusk schedule runs over an unusual fact: The most crucial, the most fussed-about, the most prideful chunk of the long-ago kid's education is gone. Completely absent. One-hundred-percent missing in action.

Finding a New Way to Teach About Hinduism in America's Schools

Murali Balaji | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

The central issue is that Hinduism is uncomfortably and awkwardly fit into a model that focuses on historical chronology, when most Hindus don't view their faith as something that can be pegged into specific eras.

4 Ways to Prepare for Next Semester Now

FindSpark | Posted 03.05.2015 | College
FindSpark

While you enjoy your winter break, next semester may be the last thing you want to think about. But if you want to make it the best one ever, we both know that now is the time to start preparing.

The Most Powerful Tool in the Classroom

Sarah Wike Loyola | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Sarah Wike Loyola

Historically, the teacher has been the omniscient presence in just about every classroom in the world. They were the only ones who possessed the all-m...

Only Fascist and Communist Dictatorships Alter History to Promote 'Patriotism.' Conservative Attacks on Curriculum Are Dangerous

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Young Americans can decide for themselves, based on every aspect of U.S. history, whether or not to protest, or vote Tea Party, or carry a gun or become a fur-hating vegan. They need all of our history in an honest manner, not just the "patriotic" version.

Hiccups in Education Portend Brighter Days Ahead for Hindu Americans

Murali Balaji | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Brighter days are ahead, and we intend to make sure we continue to stay on the front lines of advocating for fairness and equity in our education.

Options to Reduce Higher Education Textbook Costs

S. L. Young | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
S. L. Young

Paying for higher education is a major life expense and investment; however, the unknown costs to pay for textbooks can be overwhelming.

4 Back-to-School Myths About College Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

As students and families begin the school year, let's take a second to dispel some myths about college textbooks. Before we debunk some myths around ...

Virtual Resources for Art History and Appreciation Courses

John Seed | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
John Seed

In November of 2012 I posted a blog with a title that posed a question: "Is Smarthistory the Art History Textbook of the Future?." At the time, it s...

College Textbooks Don't Need to Break the Bank: 10 Tips to Save You Money

Nicole Allen | Posted 09.21.2014 | College
Nicole Allen

Even though textbook prices can be pretty outrageous, there are many ways to reduce how much you spend. Being smart about how you shop could save you hundreds of dollars this year.

History of Hindu India a Valuable Resource for Teachers and Parents

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

History can also be highly politicized, as we continue to see in states such as Texas, where small but vocal groups envisage instructional materials and curriculum shaped solely by their own worldviews.

Common Core's Implementation Is Tricky for Social Studies

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

With Common Core's focus on math and reading, social studies is still on the back burner in many states. Many social studies teachers and administrators I work with have told me that a challenge to eventually applying Common Core frameworks to social studies is the dearth of up-to-date content.

Need Extra Resources on Hinduism? These Books Are Just a Start

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Most textbooks on Hinduism are woefully outdated and inaccurate, meaning that teachers are unable to give their students the best resources when it comes to learning about Hinduism. HAF's teacher training has helped to fill the void, but here are some age-appropriate resources that might also help educators.

The Importance of Critical Inquiry in Learning About Hinduism

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

One of the biggest challenges many social studies teachers face is developing or finding content to help teach about Hinduism.

A People's History of Muslims in the United States

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Students need these stories of Muslims throughout U.S. history in order to talk back to the dominant media stereotypes of Muslims as lying, violent, brown foreigners. If we gave students some historical examples, they would realize that the history of Muslims in the United States is not limited to 9/11.

How 20 Million Minds Uses Tech to Disrupt Education

Ondi Timoner | Posted 03.19.2014 | Education
Ondi Timoner

While many entrenched and fear-based politicians, schools, and educators are dragging their feet, kicking and screaming into the 21st century, students are increasingly reporting positive experiences with digital textbooks, online learning and MOOCs.

The Real Bread and Roses Strike Story Missing From Textbooks

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

The 1912 Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence, Mass., was one of the most significant struggles in U.S. labor history due to its level of organization and collaboration across ethnic and gender lines. Despite its incredible organization, the pivotal 1912 Bread and Roses Strike is not mentioned at all in 10 out of 12 major U.S. history textbooks.

The Hegemony of Science Textbooks

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.27.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Where is it written that all students should read ONE book on a subject? What does it mean to "cover" material? What is behind the group-think that requires that all students in a state (or nation) read the same book on a subject?

Calling Doris Kearns Goodwin: An Unfair Revision of JFK Legacy: New High School History Texts Needed

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

I should have expected it, even from those presently writing historical texts for our young, who need hope and optimism, and inspirational political m...

Grenada: 'A Lovely Little War'

Bill Bigelow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Unless teachers "teach outside the textbook," students won't learn about Grenada or about anything else that might call into question the U.S. authority to impose its will whenever it wishes. The specifics of the Grenada invasion are unique, but when students are encouraged to ask critical questions, they can recognize that intervention in Grenada is part of a pattern.

You Don't Understand? No Problem... Let Me Summarize

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

This week one of the textbooks being used by Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, has come under fire. This supplemental textbook, titled United State...

Back to School, Back to Sky-High Textbook Prices

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Ethan Senack

It's that time of year again. Students and families are packing up their cars and heading off in pursuit of higher education. Here's some advice from a former college student: Visit the college bookstore before your parents leave.