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July 15, 2014

College Board, ETS Apologize for 'Racist' T-Shirts Sold at AP History Grading Event

The College Board and Educational Testing Service have issued an apology about T-shirts bearing racially charged caricatures of Chinese politicians that were distributed at a grading event for the Advanced Placement World History exam last month.

June 29, 2014

Illinois Project Uses Digital Media to Connect Students and WW II Veterans

Students have produced more than 300 video documentaries about veterans and survivors of World War II as part of a digital media program highlighted at ISTE 2014.

June 20, 2014

Thousands of Young Historians Convene for National Competition

At the annual National History Day competition going on at the University of Maryland this week, 3,000 middle and high school students showcased original historical research, presenting and defending their exhibits, papers, performances, websites, and documentaries for panels of judges.

May 28, 2014

'What Should Education Become?'

The primary question this blog asks--"what should education become?"--is a serious one. To give the best answer, we must combine some of the best concepts that urban and education research has to offer. It also means looking to the past for viable alternatives to improve the entire system, not just individual schools.

May 07, 2014

Advanced Placement U.S. History to Undergo Changes

This is the last year the AP U.S. History exam will appear in its current format—for 2014-15, the College Board is redesigning both the course and the exam.

April 30, 2014

Should We Rewrite American History Books?

When it comes to textbooks, every school district in the nation has its own system for ordering. What a district chooses impacts what the students in those boundaries learn. When it comes to subjects like math, science and even English there are some absolute truths that must be followed. When it comes to history or social sciences though, there is some wiggle room. These subjects have their own facts, of course, but the perspective can make all the difference. Of all topics, these have the ability to be biased or slanted towards a particular group.

April 24, 2014

Rigorous Study Finds Actual Benefits From Immersive Teacher PD Program

A new study shows that the Facing History professional-development program, oriented around an immersive civics-education unit, significantly improved teachers' sense of instructional effectiveness, while also boosting students' historical-thinking skills.

February 25, 2014

Teaching Books Collaboratively

A new issue of English Journal centers on teachers using fiction and nonfiction to work together across subject areas.

February 12, 2014

Teaching 'Big History' With Visual Timelines

A new classroom tool—and its associated curricula—builds on the idea that big history is worth teaching at all levels.

January 30, 2014

Sea of Japan Puts Virginia Gov. McAuliffe in Hot Water With Textbook Spat

A pledge by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to address the name of a sea between Japan and the Korean Peninsula in Virginia textbooks has highlighted historical animosities.

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