A Progress Studies History of Early MIT — Part 1: Training the engineers who built the country

Eric Gilliam: Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen opened their 2019 Atlantic piece that helped jump-start the progress studies movement with the following passage: In 1861, the American scientist and educator William Barton Rogers published a manifesto calling for a new kind of research institution. Recognizing the “daily increasing proofs of the happy influence of scientific culture on the … Continue reading A Progress Studies History of Early MIT — Part 1: Training the engineers who built the country

Introduction: Whose Present? Which History?

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins There can be little doubt that the history profession is experiencing a turn to the pre- sent. The post-2016 “crisis of democracy” has only dramatized it. Long-standing anx- ieties over presentism have crumbled under the weight of recent events.1 They have proven little match for Brexit, Trump, the rise of strongmen in the … Continue reading Introduction: Whose Present? Which History?

US grappling with Native American boarding school history

Felicia Fonseca Boarding school survivors also might be hesitant to recount the painful past and trust a government whose policies were to eradicate tribes and, later, assimilate them under the veil of education. Some have welcomed the opportunity to share their stories for the first time. Haaland, the first and only Native American Cabinet secretary, … Continue reading US grappling with Native American boarding school history

The Rich Basketball History of Madison La Follette High School

Josepha Da Costa, age 16 The rich history of La Follette Basketball began in 1977. They finished 4th in the Big Eight conference that year. While the team finished the regular season with an overall record of 17 wins and 8 losses, they managed only 10 wins against 8 losses during the conference season.  Nonetheless, … Continue reading The Rich Basketball History of Madison La Follette High School

Notes on the history of taxpayer supported K-12 Schools

C Bradley Thompson In the first two essays in this series on the relationship between government and the education of children (“How the Redneck Intellectual Discovered Educational Freedom—and How You Can, Too” and “The New Abolitionism: A Manifesto for a Movement”), I established, first, how and why the principle of “Separation of School and State” … Continue reading Notes on the history of taxpayer supported K-12 Schools

Education must make History Again

Zachary Stein: The need to rediscover and reinvigorate education as the deeper codes and sources of culture is aided by Zak’s skilful reviving of the spirit of John Amos Comenius, an educator of world-historical importance. But why education exactly? Because education is not just children in uniform with their feet under desks holding pencils expectantly while … Continue reading Education must make History Again

I have served as a history teacher at Waukegan High School for over ten years.

D60exposed: “A Decrepit School District Plagued by Corruption and Incompetence Turns to Ideological Indoctrination” During the summer of 2021, I had enough. Having witnessed a decade of dysfunction in one of Illinois’ worst public schools and the implementation of their ideological program rooted in Critical Race Theory, I created a blog called Chalkboard Heresy and … Continue reading I have served as a history teacher at Waukegan High School for over ten years.

Teaching ‘honest history’ from Douglass to King

Joanne Jacobs: Daniel Buck describes how he teaches “real” American history — no white-washing — in National Review. There’s no need to teach “anti-racism” to get real about slavery, writes Buck, who’s denounced the “ubiquity and radicalism” of critical race theory. His students read Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, which “paints in every graphic detail the torn-skin … Continue reading Teaching ‘honest history’ from Douglass to King

Beyond Conspiracy Theory – The Sick History of Public Education

Zay: Funding America’s New Education John D Rockefeller donated over $100 million dollars (equivalent of over $3bn in today’s dollars) to establish the General Education Board in 1902, and also to fund universities and teacher’s colleges across the nation. Andrew Carnegie chartered the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1905. Both organizations had the explicit … Continue reading Beyond Conspiracy Theory – The Sick History of Public Education

Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s
A medical school thought a computer program would make the admissions process fairer—but it did just the opposite

Oscar Schwartz: While Franglen’s main motivation was to make admissions processes more efficient, he also hoped that it would remove inconsistencies in the way the admissions staff carried out their duties. The idea was that by ceding agency to a technical system, all student applicants would be subject to precisely the same evaluation, thus creating … Continue reading Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s
A medical school thought a computer program would make the admissions process fairer—but it did just the opposite

History Curriculum

🚨Hey parents!!! You have options when it comes to your child’s education! Don’t settle! I’m a 5th grade teacher in a private Catholic classical school. Here is what I use to teach American history the right way 🇺🇸 #classicaleducation pic.twitter.com/bhzDPldEb9 — Chelsea Niemiec (@classicalchels) November 4, 2021

High School History Classroom: Los Angeles Example

Spencer Brown: When students at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California, returned to class this fall, one teacher’s woke decor went beyond the typical liberal bias that’s become commonplace in public schools. Photos sent by a concerned parent to national grassroots group Parents Defending Educationshow one wall covered with hanging LGBTQIA+, Palestine, Transgender, and … Continue reading High School History Classroom: Los Angeles Example

What high-school history books teach about 9/11

Peter Wood: Have you ever wondered what American schools teach about 9/11? Here is a partial answer. I’ve reviewed five of the most popular American history textbooks for high school. They are: American History, 2018 edition, HMH Social Studies (no author listed, but Colon is the first name on the “Educational Advisory Panel) United States History and Geography, … Continue reading What high-school history books teach about 9/11

Should Your Web History Impact Your Credit Score? The IMF Thinks So

Joel Hruska The rise of the internet permits the use of new types of nonfinancial customer data, such as browsing histories and online shopping behavior of individuals, or customer ratings for online vendors. The literature suggests that such non-financial data are valuable for financial decision making. Berg et al. (2019) show that easy-to-collect information such … Continue reading Should Your Web History Impact Your Credit Score? The IMF Thinks So

Civics: Afghans scramble to delete digital history, evade biometrics

Rina Chandran: Concerns that digital IDs and databases can be used to target people Aid groups, government agencies responsible for securing systems Rights groups advising activists on how to delete digital trails Thousands of Afghans struggling to ensure the physical safety of their families after the Taliban took control of the country have an additional … Continue reading Civics: Afghans scramble to delete digital history, evade biometrics

The 1991 Project is about understanding the history of economic liberalization in order to better chart the future

Shruti Rajagopalan: Bicycles saw increasing demand as urban populations increased. Steel was government controlled and, given the heavy demand from the construction industry, only limited allotments were made to bicycle manufacturers. To increase their allotment of steel and meet the increasing demand for bicycles, they needed an expansion permit, which was rarely approved by the … Continue reading The 1991 Project is about understanding the history of economic liberalization in order to better chart the future

Speaking of History & civics:

James Varney: “It’s one thing to name a school of politics after Bill Clinton,” Mr. Steinbuch said about the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service. “It’s another thing to name one at a law school after a guy who had so much trouble with his law license.”

Civics: “which is now bizarrely regarded as an accurate description of the largest, freest, most successful multiracial democracy in human history”

Andrew Sullivan: We all know it’s happened. The elites, increasingly sequestered within one political party and one media monoculture, educated by colleges and private schools that have become hermetically sealed against any non-left dissent, have had a “social justice reckoning” these past few years. And they have been ideologically transformed, with countless cascading consequences.  Take … Continue reading Civics: “which is now bizarrely regarded as an accurate description of the largest, freest, most successful multiracial democracy in human history”

Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and D.C. — red and blue –have best U.S. history and civics standards,

Joanne Jacobs: Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia have “exemplary” civics and U.S. history standards, concludes a new Fordham report, which looks at quality, completeness, rigor and clarity. Another 10 states were “good” in both subjects, 15 were “mediocre” in at least one subject and 20 states were “inadequate” in both. It’s … Continue reading Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and D.C. — red and blue –have best U.S. history and civics standards,

We Owe Our Deepest Appreciation to Our Nation’s Civics and History Teachers

iCivics: As we approach the end of the 2020-2021 school year, we owe our nation’s civics and history teachers our deepest gratitude. This has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging school years in recent memory for all teachers, but amid cascading social and political crises, it has been particularly challenging for those who teach … Continue reading We Owe Our Deepest Appreciation to Our Nation’s Civics and History Teachers

How do we know the history of extreme poverty?

Joe Hasell and Max Roser: The poverty researcher Martin Ravallion spent decades researching how poverty can be measured and which policies can help us in our fight against poverty. The summary of his work is his monumental book ‘The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement, and Policy’. The first chapters of this book present a detailed … Continue reading How do we know the history of extreme poverty?

Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history?

Michael Eric Dyson: The struggles of the Black American narrative — the arc from slavery to Barack Obama — are celebrated, contested and even sometimes disparaged. But there’s no denying that this narrative is well-known. We all grasp the importance of Black history to the American story, even if we argue over the proper emphasis. … Continue reading Why don’t we treat Asian American history the way we treat Black history?

The New ‘End of History’

Parag Khanna: Did we realize in the 1990s that it would be us who turned to shit? Here’s what neither political scientists nor geopolitical scholars sufficiently gamed out as it was happening: The wicked brew of trade globalization and outsourced manufacturing, industrial policy fueled technological innovation, and rent-seeking financial capitalism–and how those forces not only … Continue reading The New ‘End of History’

An Oral History of Wikipedia, the Web’s Encyclopedia

Tom Roston: It’s hard to imagine the internet without Wikipedia. Just like the air we breathe, the definitive digital encyclopedia is the default resource for everything and everyone — from Google’s search bar to undergrad students embarking on research papers. It has more than 6 million entries in English, it is visited hundreds of millions … Continue reading An Oral History of Wikipedia, the Web’s Encyclopedia

If You Want Peace, Study War Colleges are turning against the history of military conflict. But we forget these lessons at our peril.

Margaret MacMillan: So why do history faculties, which accept the need to study other great forces in history, such as changes in the means of production or systems of belief, shy from war? I suspect that horror at the phenomenon itself has affected universities’ willingness to treat it as a subject for scholarship. Years ago, … Continue reading If You Want Peace, Study War Colleges are turning against the history of military conflict. But we forget these lessons at our peril.

When Kids Ran the World: A Forgotten History of the Junior Republic Movement

Jennifer S. Light: Travelers should be sure to visit the curious community in Freeville, New York, where boys and girls were in charge, wrote Baedeker’s turn-of-the-20th-century guide to the United States. This “miniature republic modelled on the government of the United States” was well worth a detour to observe the “legislature, court-house, jail, school, church … Continue reading When Kids Ran the World: A Forgotten History of the Junior Republic Movement

Lord Nelson’s heroic status under review in scheme to re-evaluate UK’s ‘barbaric history’

Brian McGleenon: We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. The admiral was not an admirer of abolitionist William Wilberforce. Before his death, Lord Nelson wrote that William Wilberforce and his cause were “damnable”. He added in a letter that … Continue reading Lord Nelson’s heroic status under review in scheme to re-evaluate UK’s ‘barbaric history’

Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack

Timothy Rybeck: Three infamous conflagrations illuminate the pages of Richard Ovenden’s fascinating new history, Burning the Books. The first is the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria, which, according to Ovenden, did not go up in a single blaze but was gradually destroyed by repeated acts of arson and plunder, until there was nothing … Continue reading Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack

No heroes, no hope: Is this how to teach history?

Rick Hess: Well-meaning, white teachers” should “talk about systemic racism,” not stories of individual achievement, advises Robert Harvey, superintendent of New York City’s East Harlem Scholars Academies charters, in an Education Week commentary. “When we neglect to talk about how systemic racism is embedded within American structures — education, justice, employment, housing, and health care … Continue reading No heroes, no hope: Is this how to teach history?

‘Paranoid about the pandemic’: How COVID-19 brought the ‘largest criminology experiment in history’

Adrian Humphreys: Emergency isolation orders, border closures, social distancing and mandated lockdowns are inconvenient and costly, but, it is hoped, it will at least test theories like never before of why crime really happens and how it can be predicted and reduced. The COVID-19 pandemic is “the largest criminological experiment in history,” according to influential … Continue reading ‘Paranoid about the pandemic’: How COVID-19 brought the ‘largest criminology experiment in history’

Chicago-Area Leaders Call for Illinois to Abolish History Classes

NBC5 Chicago: Leaders in education, politics and other areas gathered in suburban Evanston Sunday to ask that the Illinois State Board of Education change the history curriculum at schools statewide, and temporarily halt instruction until an alternative is decided upon. At a news conference, State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings lead to … Continue reading Chicago-Area Leaders Call for Illinois to Abolish History Classes

UW Madison Education School Professor on “Forward” and History

Walter Stern, via a kind reader: It is an example of repackaging history as myth, and myths such as these hold nations together by constructing a supposedly shared and honorable past. But through their inaccuracy these myths also project an understanding of who does — and does not — belong. They spin a national history … Continue reading UW Madison Education School Professor on “Forward” and History

The History of Black Rebellion and U.S. Policing

Intercepted: Donald Trump is threatening to escalate the violent crackdown on national protests against police killings of African Americans. This week on Intercepted: With the threat of a widespread military deployment in U.S. cities looming, the president is acting as an authoritarian dictator. Keisha Blain, author of “Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and … Continue reading The History of Black Rebellion and U.S. Policing

History is Made: Groundbreaking Settlement in Detroit Literacy Lawsuit

Public Counsel: A historic agreement was reached today between the plaintiffs and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the Gary B. v. Whitmer literacy suit. The agreement will preserve a groundbreaking opinion by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals which held that a basic minimum education, including literacy, is a Constitutional right, and includes an immediate … Continue reading History is Made: Groundbreaking Settlement in Detroit Literacy Lawsuit

In an extraordinary late-night statement, the Education Bureau has expressed regret and condemnation over a DSE history exam question

HKSAR Education Bureau: Regarding a question of History Paper 1 of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination which has aroused grave public concerns today (May 14), a spokesman for the Education Bureau (EDB) gives the following response:      “The EDB noted that one-sided information has been attached to the question of History Paper … Continue reading In an extraordinary late-night statement, the Education Bureau has expressed regret and condemnation over a DSE history exam question

The Way We Write History Has Changed

Alexis Madrigal:: History, as a discipline, comes out of the archive. The archive is not the library, but something else entirely. Libraries spread knowledge that’s been compressed into books and other media. Archives are where collections of papers are stored, usually within a library’s inner sanctum: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s papers, say, at the New York Public … Continue reading The Way We Write History Has Changed

Yale Art History Department to scrap survey course

Margaret Hedeman and Matt Kristofferson: Yale will stop teaching a storied introductory survey course in art history, citing the impossibility of adequately covering the entire field — and its varied cultural backgrounds — in one course. Decades old and once taught by famous Yale professors like Vincent Scully, “Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the … Continue reading Yale Art History Department to scrap survey course

LGBTQ history lessons will soon be mandatory in NJ classrooms; 12 schools to pilot program

Hannah Adley: Twelve New Jersey schools will begin piloting a new LGBTQ-focused curriculum this month, the first wave of a requirement that will soon be mandated across the state.  The pilot sites to be announced by the state Tuesday – including schools in Hackensack, Morristown, Newark and Asbury Park – are intended to be proving grounds … Continue reading LGBTQ history lessons will soon be mandatory in NJ classrooms; 12 schools to pilot program

Next Generation of Americans Will Embrace Socialism If We Lose ‘War on History’

Jarrett Stenman: As young Americans are losing an understanding of civics and American history, they increasingly embrace socialism. An annual poll conducted for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation again found that the younger generations have a far sunnier view of socialism and communism than their elders. Some of the findings from the YouGov survey, released Oct. 28, … Continue reading Next Generation of Americans Will Embrace Socialism If We Lose ‘War on History’

History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future

Laura Spinney: Turchin set out to determine whether history, like physics, follows certain laws. In 2003, he published a book called Historical Dynamics, in which he discerned secular cycles in France and Russia from their origins to the end of the 18th century. That same year, he founded a new field of academic study, called … Continue reading History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future

“Theoretically All Children Are Equal. Practically This Can Never Be So”: The History of the District Property Tax in California and the Choice of Inequality

Matthew Gardner Kelly: Background/Context: Dealing mostly in aggregate statistics that mask important regional variations, scholars often assume that district property taxation and the resource disparities this approach to school funding creates are deeply rooted in the history of American education. Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: This article explores the history of district property taxation and school … Continue reading “Theoretically All Children Are Equal. Practically This Can Never Be So”: The History of the District Property Tax in California and the Choice of Inequality

The Secret History of Fort Detrick, the CIA’s Base for Mind Control Experiments

Stephen Kinzer: In 1954, a prison doctor in Kentucky isolated seven black inmates and fed them “double, triple and quadruple” doses of LSD for 77 days straight. No one knows what became of the victims. They may have died without knowing they were part of the CIA’s highly secretive program to develop ways to control … Continue reading The Secret History of Fort Detrick, the CIA’s Base for Mind Control Experiments

The Rise of Peer Review: Melinda Baldwin on the History of Refereeing at Scientific Journals and Funding Bodies

Robert Harington: What led to your writing this article about the history of peer review? I think my peer review project started when I discovered something really unexpected about Nature: that it hadn’t employed systematic external refereeing until 1973! When I first learned that, I assumed Nature was unusual, but as it turned out, a … Continue reading The Rise of Peer Review: Melinda Baldwin on the History of Refereeing at Scientific Journals and Funding Bodies

Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America’s High Schools

John Murawski: The ethnic studies movement has been underway for years and is now poised to enter the mainstream, raising tough questions for educators and policymakers about how to present such material to teenagers. Teachers around the country are already offering ethnic studies classes, units or lessons on their own initiative, citing a growing urgency … Continue reading Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America’s High Schools

9/11 Is History Now. Here’s How American Kids Are Learning About It in Class

Olivia Waxman: On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Lauren Hetrick was a 16-year-old sophomore at Hershey High School in Hershey, Pa. Her French class was just about to start when a strange announcement came over the P.A. system: “Attention, teachers: The computer tech is in the building.” The teacher, hearing those words, logged onto … Continue reading 9/11 Is History Now. Here’s How American Kids Are Learning About It in Class

The death and life of the great American hipster offers an alternative history of culture over the last quarter century.

Greg Jackson: On the college campus where I have been living, the students dress in a style I do not understand. Continuous with what we wore fifteen years ago and subtly different, it is both hipster and not. American Apparel has filed for bankruptcy, but in cities and towns across the US the styles forged … Continue reading The death and life of the great American hipster offers an alternative history of culture over the last quarter century.

Gov. Whitmer’s next move in Benton Harbor an ‘inflection point’ in Michigan’s fraught history of school takeovers

Koby Levin: As Whitmer and the board continue negotiating, observers say the outcome could reshape how Michigan approaches struggling school districts far beyond Benton Harbor that are struggling with rising debts, low test scores, and declining enrollment. “People in Flint are looking at this,” said Eric Scorsone, a former deputy state treasurer and the director … Continue reading Gov. Whitmer’s next move in Benton Harbor an ‘inflection point’ in Michigan’s fraught history of school takeovers

15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About

Time: The month of July is a time for Americans to look back at the country’s past—specifically to that indelible moment in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress declared independence from Britain. But, while the nearly 250 years since then have been chock full of major milestones, not every moment that shaped the country gets … Continue reading 15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About

History is made from ideas — but are ideas becoming history?

Philip Marsden: The imagination is the subject of Felipe Fernández-Armesto’s latest grand sweep of a book. Not a historian to dwell on individual kings, queens or battles, he has identified the creation of ideas as the driver of history, the imagination as their source and the pool of evidence the past 800,000 years. Even this, … Continue reading History is made from ideas — but are ideas becoming history?

Three Sisters Win Emerson Prize from The Concord Review for Their History Essays

Diane Ravitch, via Will Fitzhugh: Since 1987, The Concord Review (TCR) has sought and published more than 1,300 history research papers by high school students from 41 countries in 121 quarterly issues. TCR.org. Over the course of these many years, Will Fitzhugh, the founder of TCR, has been turned down by every foundation while seeking … Continue reading Three Sisters Win Emerson Prize from The Concord Review for Their History Essays

China moves to suspend some history tests for U.S. college credit by 2020

Cate Cadell: Beijing on Thursday ordered a suspension of history exams run by a U.S. non-profit for students seeking credit at American colleges, as the ruling Communist Party cracks down on educational material it deems unfriendly. The suspension of Advanced Placement (AP) tests will hit secondary school students looking to ease the academic workload at … Continue reading China moves to suspend some history tests for U.S. college credit by 2020

Civics: China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history

Louisa Lim and Ilaria Maria Sala: Remembering the deaths of 4 June 1989 is no neutral task. It is a civic duty, a burden and an act of resistance in countering a state-level lie that risks spreading far beyond China’s borders. On that day the Communist party sent tanks to clear protesters from Tiananmen Square … Continue reading Civics: China wants us to forget the horrors of Tiananmen as it rewrites its history

The History and Results of America’s Disastrous Public School System,

Mike Margeson and Justin Spears: The problem is the monopoly that schooling has gained over education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 97 percent of kids go through traditional schooling (as opposed to homeschooling or unschooling), and just over 90 percent of those attend government schools. That is to say, there is … Continue reading The History and Results of America’s Disastrous Public School System,

Wright Middle School students recognized for winning regional African American History Challenge Bowl

Negassi Tesfamichael: Students at Wright Middle School were formally recognized by the Madison School Board on Monday for their success at the 25th annual African American History Academic Challenge. The contest, which is sponsored by the group 100 Black Men of Madison, saw teams of students from across the district compete to see who knew … Continue reading Wright Middle School students recognized for winning regional African American History Challenge Bowl

Civics: The Assange arrest is a warning from history

John Pilger: Imagine Tony Blair dragged from his multi-million pound Georgian home in Connaught Square, London, in handcuffs, for onward dispatch to the dock in The Hague. By the standard of Nuremberg, Blair’s “paramount crime” is the deaths of a million Iraqis. Assange’s crime is journalism: holding the rapacious to account, exposing their lies and … Continue reading Civics: The Assange arrest is a warning from history

Chinese immigrants helped build California, but they’ve been written out of its history

Michael Hiltzik: In 2014, the U.S. Labor Department formally inducted the Chinese workers who helped build the transcontinental railroad into its Hall of Honor, giving them a place in American labor history alongside union leaders such as Eugene V. Debs and A. Philip Randolph and champions of worker dignity such as Mother Jones and Cesar … Continue reading Chinese immigrants helped build California, but they’ve been written out of its history

Civics: New deputy director of Beijing’s liaison office makes first public remarks: Calls on Hongkongers to be patriotic, study Chinese history and help develop nation

Tony Cheung: Hongkongers should be patriotic, learn more Chinese history and help in the overall development of the nation. Those were the words of the Beijing’s new liaison official as she made her first public appearance in the city on Tuesday. Lu Xinning, the new deputy director of the central government’s liaison office, also promised … Continue reading Civics: New deputy director of Beijing’s liaison office makes first public remarks: Calls on Hongkongers to be patriotic, study Chinese history and help develop nation

Iconoclastic history professor John Sharpless retires

Victoria Davis: UW-Madison is a “liberal bubble,” according to long-time history professor John Sharpless. “Openly disagreeing with people here is like pooping in the pool,” says Sharpless. “They turn around and give you this dagger look. I had Republican students in my classes who said they white-knuckled their way through discussions in other classes. They … Continue reading Iconoclastic history professor John Sharpless retires

Why Are Students Ditching the History Major?

Emma Pettit: If the decline of the humanities already keeps you up at night, a new article, published by the American Historical Association, won’t help much. Since the Great Recession of 2008, writes Benjamin M. Schmidt in Perspectives on History, undergraduate majors have been shifting away from the humanities. And of all the disciplines, history … Continue reading Why Are Students Ditching the History Major?

Civics: Everyone Who’s Never Read A History Book Shocked As Socialist Turns Into Authoritarian At First Whiff Of Power

Babylon bee: “Wow, a socialist who was elected on her promises to work ‘for the people’ is suddenly telling everyone she’s in charge and they have to listen to her? That’s really weird,” said one man in Portland who dropped his world history class in high school. “I would have thought socialists never suddenly transform … Continue reading Civics: Everyone Who’s Never Read A History Book Shocked As Socialist Turns Into Authoritarian At First Whiff Of Power

Mark Zuckerberg Promised A Clear History Tool Almost A Year Ago. Where Is It?

Ryan Mac: Facebook spent most of 2018 embroiled in one scandal or another. But there was a point early on in the year when Mark Zuckerberg thought he could turn down the heat by offering a fix for the public’s privacy concerns. It was just weeks after the news broke that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg Promised A Clear History Tool Almost A Year Ago. Where Is It?

‘My Responsibility to History’: An Interview with Zhang Shihe

Ian Johnson: “Tiger Temple” (Laohu Miao) is the nom de guerre of Zhang Shihe, one of China’s best-known citizen journalists and makers of short video documentaries, many of them profiling ordinary people he met during extraordinarily long bike rides through China, or human rights activists who have been silenced but whose ideas on freedom and … Continue reading ‘My Responsibility to History’: An Interview with Zhang Shihe

Teaching China Through Black History

Fairbank Center Blog: To commemorate Black History Month in the United States, the Fairbank Center presents a reading and teaching introduction to the history of Black and African Americans’ interactions with the People’s Republic of China. This guide includes blog posts, journal articles, books and book chapters, audio-visual resources, digital archives, and other materials that … Continue reading Teaching China Through Black History

Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’ Image The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, facing declining enrollment and revenue, is weighing major changes to its degree programs.

Mitch Smith: The locations of college campuses can be a reflection of a bygone America. Most universities were founded generations ago, when rural communities were thriving and when traveling across a state to a larger urban campus was more complicated. As people moved toward cities and the Sun Belt, and as cars and planes connected … Continue reading Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’ Image The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, facing declining enrollment and revenue, is weighing major changes to its degree programs.

10 Amazing Tales Of The Conquistadors Left Out Of History Books

Tristan Shaw: The conquistadors were Spanish and Portuguese soldiers who explored much of the world during the Age of Discovery. They are best remembered for their conquests and exploration of the Americas. Conquistadors like Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro became legendary for their conquests of the Aztec and Inca Empires, honored as national heroes for … Continue reading 10 Amazing Tales Of The Conquistadors Left Out Of History Books

Mind Control in China Has a Very Long History

James Liebold: China has built a vast network of extrajudicial internment camps in the western region of Xinjiang, where Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are made to renounce their culture and religion, and are forcibly subjected to political indoctrination. After long denying the camps’ existence, the government now calls them benign training centers that teach … Continue reading Mind Control in China Has a Very Long History

‘Cultural Marxism’ might sound postmodern but it’s got a long, toxic history.

Samuel Moyn: At the chilling climax of William S. Lind’s 2014 novel “Victoria,” knights wearing crusader’s crosses and singing Christian hymns brutally slay the politically correct faculty at Dartmouth College, the main character’s (and Mr. Lind’s) alma mater. “The work of slaughter went quickly,” the narrator says. “In less than five minutes of screams, shrieks … Continue reading ‘Cultural Marxism’ might sound postmodern but it’s got a long, toxic history.

Civics and History: Celebrating Wrong Italian? (Columbus vs. Cabot)

James C. Bennett: The interesting thing to me was the complete absence of anything representing the United States. This was not a coincidence. Columbus, and the holiday celebrating his landing in the New World, are seen throughout the Spanish-speaking world as having to do primarily with the extension of Spanish-speaking, Catholic civilization to the New … Continue reading Civics and History: Celebrating Wrong Italian? (Columbus vs. Cabot)

Who Prepares our History Teachers? Who should prepare our history teachers?

Diane Ravitch via Will Fitzhugh: This is an exciting time for history education. States across the nation are strengthening their history curricula and expecting youngsters to learn more American and world history. Even the vitriolic controversy over the national history standards serves to remind us that people care passionately about history. Not only is there … Continue reading Who Prepares our History Teachers? Who should prepare our history teachers?

“We know best”, Disastrous Reading Results and a bit of history with Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond: these stories of isolated societies illustrate two general principles about relations between human group size and innovation or creativity. First, in any society except a totally isolated society, most innovations come in from the outside, rather than being conceived within that society. And secondly, any society undergoes local fads. By fads I mean … Continue reading “We know best”, Disastrous Reading Results and a bit of history with Jared Diamond

Incarceration as Incapacitation: An Intellectual History

Timothy Crimmins: Explaining the dramatic rise of incarceration in the United States has been surprisingly difficult. Theories abound, but they are continually defeated by the vastness and complexity of the American criminal justice system. For a time, the prime suspect was the War on Drugs, which President Obama described as “the real reason our prison … Continue reading Incarceration as Incapacitation: An Intellectual History

New on Parents’ To-Do List: Checking Children’s Credit History

Yuka Hayashi: Parents have a new item to add to their financial to-do list: check their child’s credit history. A new federal law going into effect in September will make it easier for families to combat the growing problem of identity fraud of minors, allowing them to make inquiries about credit files in their child’s … Continue reading New on Parents’ To-Do List: Checking Children’s Credit History