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History Education

A Fragile Union

William E. White | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
William E. White

The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

We Don't Use That History Stuff Anyway, Do We?

William E. White | Posted 05.06.2014 | Education
William E. White

Americans are terribly present-minded. We are mostly concerned about the here and the now. Please consider for just a moment the very unique role of the individual in our American story and what it can teach us about the critical role of citizens in a republic.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Votes for Women (to 8 Year Olds)

Louise Bernikow | Posted 03.19.2014 | New York
Louise Bernikow

As head of the PTA at a Brooklyn public school, having listened to my tales of female derring-do in the suffrage movement while treating my dastardly plantar fasciitis, Dr. Stephanie decided that children ought to know what it took to win the right to vote. She set it up.

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

Revolutionary Days

William E. White | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
William E. White

"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.

Texas Schools Lesson Depicts Boston Tea Party As Act Of Terrorism

Posted 11.26.2012 | Education

Some Texas parents are upset over a history lesson that depicts the Boston Tea Party as an act of terrorism. The historical protest against taxati...

What High Schools Are Teaching Millenials About The War On Terror

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

What kids learn in school tends to change with the times, and some curricular regulations that are either antiquated or simply embedded in beliefs hav...

Subjects or Citizens?

William E. White | Posted 12.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

United States history is the story of a compelling idea that continues to revolutionize the world. Unfortunately, American schools today disregard that history.

What We Need to Do About Civic Education

Peter Levine | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Peter Levine

Whether and how well we teach civics are important questions, especially in the midst of an election campaign in which millions of Americans are being asked to sort through complicated issues and navigate an increasingly difficult voting process.

Turnaround School Takes History Class To The Streets

| Melissa Bailey | Posted 10.09.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. Students led their teachers out of school, onto a city bus, and to a housing complex they...

The One BIG Thing Schools Need to Change

Catherine Cole | Posted 10.22.2012 | Teen
Catherine Cole

Ignorance of the world around us is a real problem, and unless we as a society and we as a generation begin to place an emphasis on current events education, it will only worsen.

Israel, Palestine and the Teaching of History

David Moshman | Posted 09.09.2012 | Books
David Moshman

History in Israel and Palestine comes in two versions: Jewish Israeli and Palestinian. Four excellent new books, in four different ways, address the implications of this dichotomization for youth, education, justice and peace.

History, Happiness and Colin Quinn

Charlotte Laws | Posted 05.20.2012 | Comedy
Charlotte Laws

Europeans outperform Americans on "historical facts about the world." Since Americans start the race 200 paces behind Europeans, why try in the first place? As a nation, we feel disadvantaged historically-speaking, so why further embarrass ourselves?

Texas History Education Standards Slammed In New Report

Posted 01.11.2012 | Education

A recent report says Texas K-12 standards in history are inadequate, ineffective and "fail to meet the state's college readiness standards," and the r...

Civil Rights Education 'Dismal' Across The Country

The Huffington Post | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 11.30.2011 | Education

"Dismal." Likely not a word ever preferred in an educational setting, but the description the Southern Poverty Law Center found appropriate to ass...

What Do We Want Kids to Know About History?

Grant Calder | Posted 10.26.2011 | Education
Grant Calder

While we're reworking our curricula, we could also reassure our fellow citizens that things are rarely as bad as they seem -- including the state of students' historical knowledge.

Mike Huckabee Is Cashing In On This, And Critics Are Calling It 'Blood Money'

Posted 10.14.2011 | Education

Mike Huckabee set pundits ablaze last week when his "Learn Our History: TimeCycle Academy" released an educational animated video for kids about the 9...

U.S. Students Bad At History? Error-Filled Textbooks Might Be Why

Posted 09.28.2011 | Education

Revised editions of two history textbooks in Virginia that were found to be erroneous last fall will be taken to universities across Virginia for publ...

WATCH: If Students Fail History, Does It Matter?

CNN | Jacob Soboroff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

Washington (CNN) -- If there's a student anywhere who would be able to answer a trivia question about President Abraham Lincoln, it would be on the ma...

Independence Day: 9 Myths Debunked

Posted 09.03.2011 | Education

The National Assessment of Education Progress revealed that in 2010, just 7 percent of eighth graders could correctly identify the three branches of g...

Joy Resmovits

Few Students 'Proficient' In U.S. History

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education

If you can identify one advantage American troops held over the British in the American Revolution, chances are you know more U.S. history than most e...