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June 21, 2011

Do Low NAEP Scores Indicate Savvy Students?

Liam Julian over at Fordham's Flypaper responds to the doom-and-gloom rhetoric surrounding the U.S.' static history NAEP scores and, well, every other education-related news item these days.

May 24, 2011

Bringing Current Events Into the Classroom

Testing pressures and curriculum mandates may have "squeezed" current events out of many schools, but a high school teacher in Farmington, Conn., takes it upon himself to teach a five-week course on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars every May, according to an article by New York Times education writer M...

May 02, 2011

Teaching the Death of Bin Laden

Last night's killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. military is a momentous—and complicated—event that will shape our nation's history.

April 13, 2011

The Tortured Knowledge of Today's Teens

A new survey by the American Red Cross finds that only one in five U.S. youths between the ages of 12 and 17 is familiar with the Geneva Conventions, the international law standards for humanitarian treatment of prisoners and other victims of war. Presumably as a result, youths are more likely than ...

April 12, 2011

Schools Commemorate Civil War 150th Anniversary (Sometimes Inappropriately)

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and schools and education organizations across the country are finding ways to commemorate the historic event.

January 28, 2011

Is Social Studies Dead?

In a somewhat satirical post, ASCD blogger Steven Weber proposes the idea that school reforms have killed social studies. "At some point between the standards movement and high stakes testing, some school districts decided that social studies was an add-on, rather than essential to developing a wel...

January 14, 2011

Va. Schools Get Free (and Error-Free) Textbooks

Five Ponds Press, which published two error-ridden Virginia history textbooks— leading to a media feeding frenzy—said it will distribute the corrected Second Edition books at no cost to the school districts.

January 10, 2011

Can Textbook Errors Enhance Learning?

After the Washington Post exposed dozens of errors in Virginia history textbooks, several districts removed them from schools to prevent the impairment of learning. But Post ed columnist Jay Mathews thinks the mistakes would actually enhance learning. "We might even encourage publishers to salt the...

October 20, 2010

History Lessons

The Washington Post's Jay Mathews reports on an "Expectations of Integrity" code distributed by AP History teachers at a Virginia high school that essentially restricts students from using any resources outside of their course textbook and other classroom materials. The code bans students not only f...

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