Honest History and "Civic Mindedness" for Younger Learners
A junior high school teacher, her school principal, and a teacher educator weigh in on critical questions about history and civics education in the era of fake news, social media, and heightened political pressure.
- What does high-quality history and civics education for younger students look like and how can it help protect our democracy?
- Why should teachers promote civic mindedness and not just facts about how government works?
- Should all of American history be taught, including systemic racism and other anti-democratic structures?
- Should teachers attempt to make students feel guilt or discomfort about America's past?
- Can history about current events and controversial topics be taught in a non-partisan manner?
- How can school administrators support teachers who teach the whole American story?
- Tracy Barnett, History Teacher, Hopkins Jr. High School, Fremont, California
- Corey Brown, Principal, Hopkins Jr. High School, Fremont, California
- Dr. Jennifer Hauver, Associate Professor of Education, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia