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Lecture: Paradoxes of the American Experience

Monday, September 1st, 2014

He is my lecture on Paradoxes of the American Experience, extrapolating on Michael Kammen’s masterpiece.

The 11 (5 Really) Declarations of War

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

As one might expect there is more to this story...

Mike Huckabee Fixes American History

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Don’t worry, American youth: Mike Huckabee has fixed American history. No longer will you suffer under what Huckabee calls “the ‘blame America first’ attitude prevalent in today’s teaching.”

Late Wednesday, Huckabee announced LearnOurHistory.com, a sort of BMG Music Club for what he calls “unbiased” historical lessons for kids. For around $15 each, the company will send you a new animated tale of American history each month, told through the eyes of a gang of time traveling kids.

Paranoid Style of American Politics

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

In this essay, originally published in Harper’s in 1964, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Richard Hofstadter offers an astute thematic analysis of paranoia in American politics. He examines the paranoid reactions to Masons, Catholics, Jesuits, Communists and others. Sadly, perhaps his perceptions are as timely as ever.

Video: Townhall with Howard Zinn

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Howard Zinn discusses his classic book A People’s History of the United States.  James R. Green, Professor of History at UMass, Boston, moderates.

Could Texas’ Gingrich-Based High School History Curriculum Go National?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The GOP-controlled State Board of Education is working on a new set of statewide textbook standards for, among other subjects, U.S. History Studies Since Reconstruction. And it turns out what the board decides may end up having implications far beyond the Lone Star State.

The first draft of the standards, released at the end of July, is a doozy. It lays out a kind of Human Events version of U.S. history.

Approved textbooks, the standards say, must teach the Texan student to “identify significant conservative advocacy organizations and individuals, such as Newt Gingrich, Phyllis Schlafly, and the Moral Majority.” No analogous liberal figures or groups are required, prompting protests from some legislators and committee members. (Read an excerpt here.)

Read on…

Kropotkin Essay

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

“Ask yourself what you need to know to make this the kind of world you would like to live in. Demand that your teachers teach you that.”

The assignment

Reading and Learning Strategies

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

How to Study

SQ3R Reading Strategy

CLUES Model to Thinking Critically. This Rocks!

Several Note Taking Strategies

Notes on Quality Presentations

Multiple Intelligences

Thinking Like A Genius

Teaching Against Idiocy

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Contemplating the root of the word “idiocy” leads Dr. Walter
Parker to explore the challenge that democratic societies
face of developing public-minded citizens. The schools,
he argues, are the most likely institutions to succeed in
that task.

The Article

The Response Sheet