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Don't Make History, History

June 17, 2015

Excerpts from a recently published op-ed:

...The success of National History Day, which the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported since 1978, is all the more impressive when set against the background of the waning of the commitment to the teaching of the humanities generally, and history in particular, in school systems around the country. Resource pressures, combined with expanding testing regimes and our increasingly exclusive and shortsighted preoccupation with science and technology as the keys to "work readiness," are pushing history from the center to the margins of school curricula.

...We are less and less committed every year to teaching critical subjects in the humanities, including, especially, history. We ought to be able to find common ground in the desire to restore history to the very center of the secondary school curriculum.

Read more in The Baltimore Sun.