Monday, April 4, 2011

Teachers Continue To Champion Howard Zinn's Mission

A People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnThe mission of Howard Zinn continues. Social Studies Teacher and blogger Kenneth J. Bernstein recently wrote a piece expressing the importance of “thinking outside the textbook” while asking other teachers to utilize the services provided by the Zinn Education Project. Started by anonymously by someone inspired after seeing Zinn speak at Boston University in the 1970s, the Zinn Education Project provides educational resources for progressive teachers trying to teach students history from different perspectives—showing them the “People’s History” that doesn’t usually make it into the textbooks. At the National Council of Social Studies teachers’ meeting I had countless conversations about Howard Zinn and the Zinn Education Project with teachers. I would have been hard pressed to find a person in the exhibit hall who hadn’t taken advantage of the resources provided at some point—to great response from their students. By getting students to approach historical events from different perspectives—as Zinn strived to do—teachers are preparing students to be active and successful participants in our ever-diversifying global society.

For all of Mr. Bernstein’s thoughts, please click here.

To learn more about the Zinn Education Project and the free resources they provide teachers, please visit them here.

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