teaching history

  • You Can't Teach What You Don't Know

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    Lost in the controveries about what history teachers should teach is the deeper issue of how well-prepared they are to teach history classes effectively. Too many history teachers study too little history in their training. 

  • Revising America’s Racist Past

    The organized campaign to demonize and ban "Critical Race Theory" has resulted in legislation that is disrupting the crafting and implementation of curriculum standards in multiple states, a review of state education standards and public comments on them reveals. 

  • Behind the CRT Crackdown

    by Sam Adler-Bell

    The anti-CRT movement "is not merely a battle against a theory of racism or American history, but a battle against the idea that we might join forces to make American society more fair, more equal, and more kind."

  • A Bill Proposed a New Way to Teach History. It Got the History Wrong.

    “The gross mistake in this bill is indicative of the need to have scholars and teachers, not legislators/politicians, shaping what students at every level learn in the classroom,” Caroline Janney, a professor of Civil War history at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said in an email.

  • State Standards are Failing to Teach Reconstruction and Erasing the Black Freedom Struggle

    by Ana Rosado, Gideon Cohn-Postar and Mimi Eisen

    A common thread connecting public ignorance of American history and the politicization of history curricula is the systemic erasure of the history of Reconstruction. This report considers how states currently mandate the teaching of the era and what they could do better. 

  • Teaching (amid a) White Backlash

    by William Horne

    What can we learn from the work of creating and teaching a course on white backlash as a historical force as another one is unfolding? 

  • Neutral on Nazis? Indiana Legislature Walks Back Remarks

    "During a committee hearing Wednesday about Senate Bill 167, a wide-ranging bill inspired by the national discourse over critical race theory, history teacher Matt Bockenfeld raised concerns about what the bill would require of teachers."

  • MLK's History Lessons

    by Jelani Cobb

    Martin Luther King's use of American history to inform his developing demands for political and economic justice would run afoul fo legislation being passed by a growing number of states to restrict teaching about racism and inequality in the nation's past. 

  • Who's Teaching Local History?

    Michael Oberg and Joel Helfrich of SUNY-Geneseo's Center for Local and Municipal History discuss connecting history students with local historians to unearth and tell their region's history.

  • Veracity or Virality? How Social Media are Transforming History

    by Jason Steinhauer

    History is a growing content category on social media, but history content going viral has very little to do with its quality or reliability. The author of a new book on history on social media says historians and readers need to understand how political agendas and content algorithms are shaping history on the web. 

  • Scope, Speed of Educational Gag Order Laws Increasing Nationwide

    by Jeffrey Sachs

    Under the South Carolina bill, racism, fascism, and homophobia can all be understood as cultural or political beliefs. Educators would be prohibited from describing those who hold such beliefs as bigoted or oppressive. 

  • 10 Books Texas Doesn't Want You to Read

    "The subjectivity involved in defining inappropriate, obscene, or distressing—and the danger of politicizing such definitions—is at the center of Krause’s challenge, and it shows in the books on his ban list."

  • Racism in the Curriculum Isn't Limited to History – It Affects Math, Too

    by Theodore Kim

    Math is not a neutral space, beyond the reach of history and entrenched racism. At a time of anti-Asian prejudice, American mathematicians obscured the importance of Chinese scholars in developing core concepts that are still significant today, preserving the fiction of math as a western intellectual tradition.