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ARCHIVES March 2006, Week 2

Subject:

Re: Teaching History

From:

Eric Gater <[log in to unmask]>

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Eric Gater <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 9 Mar 2006 11:38:40 -0500

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I think there are two major things lacking in how history is currently
taught at anything below say the junior in college level or perhaps even
graduate courses.

1.  Absence of critical thinking especially the student being encouraged to
form their own opinions.  Almost everything I saw when I studied education
was along the lines of this is what we want them to believe now how do we
get them there.

2.  Too much structure.  I like history but if you force feed it to me in
boring chunks my eyes glaze over just like anyone else.  Teachers need to
find a hook for the individual student and then let them explore.  History
is all about connections and its amazing how much other information you
learn even pursuing a narrow topic.

I realize neither of these is probably possible under our current
warehouse/production and testing model of education.  Probably why I chose
to become a records manager instead of a teacher.

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