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September 25, 2009

New Film About Darwin Finds U.S. Distributor

"Creation," stars Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Emma.

September 18, 2009

Slide Show Points Out Errors in Hollywood's Historical Movies

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis put out a slide show with summaries of historical inaccuracies in some of Hollywood's historical films.

September 17, 2009

Tackling History in Texas

If you're worried about the ongoing ruckus over social studies standards in Texas devolving into a "Chavez vs. Franklin"-style battle, you might have legitimate concern, judging from this summary in the Associated Press. The Texas state board of education is slated to discuss the proposed standards...

September 16, 2009

Common Core Critiques '21st Century Skills' (and the Partnership Responds)

The organization Common Core, which calls for giving students strong grounding across academic disciplines, has organized an open letter critiquing the program put forward by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and calling for the group to revise its goals. That letter is signed by some big na...

September 15, 2009

Teachers Walk the Halls of Power

The Einstein fellows program invites teachers to Washington to serve as policy advisers to Congress and federal agencies.

September 14, 2009

In Defense of the Humanities

When the title of the article is “Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School,” it’s safe to assume that the author is not buying the prevailing line about the United States’ shortcomings in those subjects, and their alleged consequences for society. Mark Slouka, in a piece in publish...

September 11, 2009

On 9/11 Anniversary, Lessons About Attacks Are Taking Hold

As the United States commemorates the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, teachers have an increasing number of resources available to help them to create lessons focused on the events of that day, and their implications for the country. My reading of various materials put t...

August 19, 2009

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Civics Education

While reporting on trends in civic education I came across a couple of video clips from this spring when retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," produced by Comedy Central. They could be a resource for a U.S. government class.

August 18, 2009

PBS Giveaway of DVDs on Native American History

PBS is giving away 20 DVD sets of its series "We Shall Remain" on Native American history.

August 05, 2009

History Through the Eyes of Hollywood

Research shows that when information in a film doesn't match what's in a history text, students are more likely to remember the film version, according to the EdWeek blog, Inside School Research

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