Tuesday for Teachers: Selecting Materials

selection 1 Sometimes my opinions get me in trouble, especially when expressed among teachers.  I’m not an ass about it.  In fact, I generally am rather diplomatic.  For example, a colleague was giving a two-hour workshop on writing strategies.  She reviewed a lesson that used these strategies and dealt with the issue of gun control. She gave each student an article […] Continue reading →

Eisenhower: Mistake #3

NARA0611088j Every commander is human and makes mistakes.  General Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of a few people who possessed the unique characteristics required to be SHAEF Commander.  But this Life through the Lens of History series is focused on military matters, because Eisenhower was the commander-in-chief of the Western Front.  In public high schools Eisenhower is often portrayed […] Continue reading →

Taking a Short Vacation

break Monterey Bay Aquarium With a week off of teaching duties I will be out-of-town for a few days, taking my daughter to Monterey for a few days.  So postings this week are tweaked a bit.  I will be posting later about property rights and the Constitution.  (I hope to offer a little background for the Clive […] Continue reading →

History in the News

word cloud   Here’s some recent things about history in the news that Students of History might enjoy.  Who knows what you’ll find in the desert. Construction workers had to stop the digging recently when they came on a buried village that dates back 4000 years!  They were excavating for a strip mall in Marana, Arizona along […] Continue reading →

Eisenhower: Mistake #2

mg 1 Last Thursday “Life through the Lens of History” dealt with the first of Eisenhower’s three big mistakes as SHAEF during World War Two.  He picked the wrong guy to lead the D-Day landings and later march across France.  (BTW: Thanks for all the comments–even the less than civil ones–on LinkedIn and Google+ on this topic.) […] Continue reading →

Slavery in Early America

slavery 3 History Wars Alert! Slavery in America is a smoking hot topic in academia, not because it is a popular topic but because if you are on the “wrong side” you might find yourself under ‘fire’ if a student or ‘fired’ if a faculty member.  Many historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and the milieu of “studies” professors–black studies, […] Continue reading →

Teaching History: SHEG

sheg 1 I know what you’re thinking.  What the heck is SHEG?  It stands for Stanford History Education Group.  SHEG is the product of research done at Stanford University directed by Prof. Sam Wineburg about the way we learn history.  A fascinating and very readable book, Teaching History and Other Unnatural Acts, explains much of Wineburg’s research and is the most […] Continue reading →

Eisenhower’s Three Big Mistakes in WWII

ike mistakes 5 For the next three weeks on Thursday’s “Life through the Lens of History” will take on the generally untarnished legacy of General Dwight David Eisenhower.  While Ike was the perfect man for the job of  Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), he made three major mistake that prolonged the war in Europe. […] Continue reading →