Are we teaching pessimism in our history surveys?
Historical empathy can be a powerful tool for fighting hatred. But are we teaching it wrong?
Our students need to hear a historical perspective on the eighties, nineties, and aughts in order to understand the present moment in America.
Student evaluations are part of life for college instructors. Is there any way to make them more useful, or at least to mitigate the harm they can do?
It started almost on a whim, but it was the best thing I could have done. Students responded eagerly. They found it fascinating to talk about history as a process of investigation, to puzzle out strategies for telling truer and more creative stories about the past. And they used these concepts later.