Struggles Teaching History

My new piece at Ordinary Times about challenges facing educators as they implement the Common Core in their history classrooms. Here is a bit:

The reality is that not all topics of inquiry are appropriate for a classroom. It should go without saying, but teachers have to be conscious of the fact that a middle or high school classroom is not the same as a graduate studies program. Getting students to analyze multiple perspectives and challenge the authority of a source is important, but we should not create a learning environment where students feel they can pass judgment on major historical events through a brief selected reading of documents.

Read it all here.


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