Kelly Schrum: Says history is being taught differently these days





Changes in teaching methods have been under way for a decade or more, says Kelly Schrum, director of educational projects at George Mason University's Center for History and New Media.

"It's similar to the emphasis on science education that came after the Cold War when doing experiments was important in a classroom. It's show, don't tell," she says.

It's also about what she calls "democratizing history" — using technology to give voice to people in history whose lives often have been ignored.

"If you teach history in an exciting way, students have a better framework and remember more," she says, giving credit to [high school teacher] Mr. Percoco as being "very influential" in the education field and "very innovative" in his approach....


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