History is a Process, Not a Pile of Flashcard Facts

Here’s the first of a trio of quick posts of interesting and valuable items that I discovered in the past few days.

In light of the uproar over the AP U.S. History curriculum in Oklahoma, this article from The Conversation by a professor in OK, succinctly states why those who are outraged don’t really understand history education.

My favorite line in the piece, which I try to remember as I teach Salvation History to my Freshmen:

History is a living process, not a ‘thing’ to be memorized.


“The Conversation” Website

I stumbled across a website which I’d like to share.  As mentioned in a previous post, I believe educators should keep on top of what’s being posted about the events and ideas in the world. Obviously, this can take up much valuable time in an already busy educator’s life.  Thus, it’s important to find those quality sites which aggregate solid information.

The Conversation is an excellent site for this.  Their masthead states: “The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.”

I receive their email every morning (along with many other less useful news/info updates) and consistently The Conversation has the most interesting, insightful, topical and useful articles.  The diversity of articles that are featured currently include:

A Melting Arctic and Weird Weather: The Plot Thickens

What Historic Megadroughts in the Western US Tell Us About Our Climate Future

How Russia is Building a Psychological Firewall Against the West

Why We Should Get Rid of Tipping (not a favorite article of mine as I work Saturdays in a wine tasting room)

19 Ways to Use Blogs for Your Students

I’m working on my second school year with a Kidblog site for two of my Religion classes.

Here’s what it looks like so far:


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I plan to record a video tour of it soon and post here.

I like this article on blogging for students because it doesn’t suggest just the obvious subjects (English, Social Studies), but also Math, Science and more.

19 Ways to Use Blogs for Your Students