History Needs New Heroes

History Needs New Heroes

Why Does History Need New Heroes?

High school history textbooks throughout the United States tend to highlight the significant individuals who have shaped the historical landscape. Significance, however, is oftentimes based on being a white man in government. What would a high school classroom function like if students could learn about those who are similar to them and inspire them rather than a one-sided version of history?  This is not to say that history needs to be taught solely from the perspective of “forgotten heroes,” because others are imperative in understanding American history. This is to say though that history needs to become more relevant, diverse, and inclusive for students and citizens alike.

Teaching Beyond The Textbook

A People’s History?

Teaching beyond the traditional textbook can take many forms. For some teachers, this comes from books that cover all of U.S. history in one volume.... Read More "A People’s History?"

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