What’s Old Is New Again

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The link to the following article from the ‘EDUCATION WEEK Online Magazine’ was sent to me by Joanna Mojica (The the Teacher who inspires a Honduran Fourth Grade to interview authors, among many other things (see my blog SPOTLIGHT section) 🙂

Reviving History Instruction: What’s Old Is New Again

By Caralee J. Adams

STEM careers may be promoted as the wave of the future, but history advocates say students still need to know about the past.

Even though historical research, they point out, can, in fact, teach critical-thinking skills useful to any profession, including science, technology, engineering, and math, attention is focused on subjects in which students are assessed and federal money is flowing—and that’s not history.

In public schools or any schools that are subject to state testing, history has really taken a beating,” said Thomas R. English, the president of the Organization of History Teachers, an affiliate of the American Historical Association. “Everybody is fighting about who gets the kids for how much time.”

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3 comments

  1. So much historical knowledge has already been lost – especially in the previously colonised world. Authors definitely have a role to play in bringing these things back to where they can be learned of again. Great article!

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  2. I believe that it is important to teach History, since History will make you understand better our present.
    The great French author Lanartin says, “History knows all things, contains all things, teaches all things, not in winged words”.
    Authors play a fundamental role, in having kids get involved in History in a positive way.
    Books with illustrations and nice stories will become humorous and instructive for children and may be multiplied indefinitely.
    Teachers in the other hand have to use all their creativity to teach history.
    We have to teach kids that history is essential in our lives.
    As a teacher I believe now is the time to start changing the old history text, which I do respect, to new and creative books full of history stories.

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