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Kahlenberg, Richard D.; Potter, Halley; Quick, Kimberly – American Educator, 2019
Public schools have always been meant to provide all children with the skills and knowledge to become successful participants in the economy. But currently, a second important purpose of public education has become more salient: to promote social cohesion in a diverse and fractured democracy. As ugly and naked racism in America is further…
Descriptors: Racial Integration, School Desegregation, Public Schools, Democracy
Sanchez, Adam – American Educator, 2019
The real story of slavery's end involves one of the most significant social movements in the history of the United States and the heroic actions of the enslaved themselves. Revealing this history helps students begin to answer fundamental questions that urgently need to be addressed in classrooms across the country: How does major social change…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, African American History, Slavery
Weingarten, Randi; Snyder, Timothy; Allen, Danielle – American Educator, 2018
On January 10, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Albert Shanker Institute cosponsored a panel moderated by AFT President Randi Weingarten on the role that American education should play in responding to the threats confronting our democracy. Two leading public intellectuals, Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History…
Descriptors: Civics, Democracy, Democratic Values, Role of Education
Gorn, Cathy – American Educator, 2018
National History Day (NHD), a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, is widely known for the National History Day Contest, in which students conduct historical research and submit their projects at local and state levels, with top students invited to the National Contest. Participation in NHD demonstrates that students learn…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Student Research, History Instruction, Historical Interpretation
Goldstein, Dana – American Educator, 2015
This article is excerpted from Marshall Project staff writer and author, Dana Goldstein's 2014 book, "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession." It begins by describing Goldstein's experience traveling as an education reporter in the late 2000s and the incredible amount of political scrutiny under which the…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Educational History, Politics of Education, Public Schools
Jones, William P.; Euchner, Charles; Hill, Norman; Hill, Velma Murphy – American Educator, 2013
One of the most historical events in American history, the non-violent protest "March on Washington," August 28, 1963, is detailed in an article of remembrance by William P. Jones. His article is crowned by highlights from the "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but also highlights the lessor known role…
Descriptors: Unions, Civil Rights, Employment, United States History
American Educator, 2012
This article presents an interview with Richard Luther of Tenafly High School in Tenafly, New Jersey. A 40-year veteran teacher who is retiring this year, Luther always assigns his Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History students an extensive research paper and integrates their research into their coursework and preparation for the AP exam. In this…
Descriptors: History, Advanced Placement Programs, Writing Processes, High School Students
American Educator, 2012
In the high school history textbooks children read, too often they find that labor's role in American history--and labor's important accomplishments, which changed American life--are misrepresented, downplayed, or ignored. That is a tragedy because labor played (and continues to play) a key role in the development of American democracy and the…
Descriptors: United States History, High Schools, Textbooks, Democracy
American Educator, 2012
This article presents a detailed example from the Albert Shanker Institute's report that shows the error of U.S. history textbooks and how it is distorting the historical record. One of the most glaring errors in textbooks is the treatment of the role that unions and labor activists played as key participants in the civil rights movement. The…
Descriptors: United States History, Civil Rights, Textbooks, Civil Rights Legislation
Diamond, Norm – American Educator, 2012
Today's movement in support of the 99 percent is a reminder that throughout U.S. history, a major engine of change has been grass-roots organizing and solidarity. Major history textbooks, however, downplay the role of ordinary people in shaping events--especially those who formed labor unions and used the strike to assert their rights. One of the…
Descriptors: Strikes, United States History, Textbooks, Unions
Lepore, Jill – American Educator, 2011
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used to be both the best-known poet in the English-speaking world and the most beloved, adored by the learned and the lowly alike, read by everyone from Nathaniel Hawthorne and Abraham Lincoln to John Ruskin and Queen Victoria--and, just as avidly, by the queen's servants. "Paul Revere's Ride" is Longfellow's best-known…
Descriptors: Poetry, Poets, United States History, Slavery
Berns, Walter – American Educator, 2002
Describes the history of U.S. patriotism, asserting that anchored though it is to a set of ideas, there are unique challenges to educating patriots. Suggests the importance of telling the nation's stories through civics education. Explains that patriotism is cultivated when students learn about democratic values, people and events shaping the…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Patriotism
McClay, Wilfred M. – American Educator, 2002
Asserts that while U.S. history is often viewed as "thin and provincial gruel," it is, in fact, a tremendous drama where great issues of human existence come to life (e.g., the proper means and ends of liberty, order, individuality, material prosperity, technology, and democracy). Discusses American myths and narratives, noting disagreements over…
Descriptors: Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, United States History
Gibbon, Peter H. – American Educator, 2002
Asserts that with heroes, people confront crisis and terror; experiencing the extraordinary and expanding their notion of what it means to be human. Once central in schooling, the study of heroes helped students find the good to be imitated and the evil to be avoided. Suggests that while the notion of heroes has changed since then, the need for…
Descriptors: Character Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Moral Values, Role Models
Michlewitz, Debra – American Educator, 2001
Paintings can fulfill many different pedagogical purposes. They can illuminate and bring to life historical events and characters. Paintings and other images can also make students aware of a point of view (the artist's commentary), which enriches and modifies the history they find in books and documents. This article provides examples of teaching…
Descriptors: Art Criticism, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Painting (Visual Arts)
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