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Things Are All Upside Down

Earlier this year, at a potluck dinner, a new acquaintance learned I was a history teacher and did that thing many do – told a story about themselves. Her story was a familiar one: about how “crazy left-wing” her high … Continue reading

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Civil Fine of Their Own

I recently decided to pay less attention to politics and even lesser attention (grammar?) to the politics around education. I teach at a charter school and charter schools make strange bedfellows; liberal teachers with a social justice tilt often funded … Continue reading

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An Illusion of Nutrition

The guys from On Top of the World podcast recently began a fascinating exploration of food history. They mentioned a critique of overemphasizing (or maybe solely focusing) on the role of sugar in the slave trade. Expanding the exploration of … Continue reading

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Simple, Convenient and Seemingly Coherent Narrative

Michiko Kakutani provides me with another addition to my nightstand in his review of Jason Stanley’s “How Propaganda Works“. Leaving the Belfer National Conference for Educators years ago I completely re-wrote how I taught “propaganda”, but often felt I missed something … Continue reading

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Du Bois Fought Back

Ta-Nehisi Coates brought this article on W.E. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction from the African American Intellectual History Society to my attention via Twitter. I wrote about the current “debate” awhile ago, but Guy Emerson Mount  provides a crucial reminder of … Continue reading

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Enjoy A Big Break

The Myth of a Teacher’s Summer Vacation from The Atlantic sat in my inbox for awhile as a pondered a response. As I approach hour seven of planning (and cleaning out my inbox) on News Year Day, I post it … Continue reading

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Well-Written is Not the Same, Necessarily, as Popular

I saved James Snell’s article History is Literature awhile ago and finally got around to reading it. Given the limits on time that delayed this article for a month, I am terrified at the number of books I added to … Continue reading

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Which Her People Intended Should Exist in All Future Time

The Washington Post reports that, under new state guidelines, schools in Texas should teach that slavery was a “side issue” to “state’s rights” in the Civil War. Ironically, the essential Sam Wineburg’s tweet brought this article to my attention. No … Continue reading

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You Don’t Look Like a Mr. Miller

I’m not completely sure what my goal is with Room 400. It’s not under my name, I no longer teach in Room 400, no one reads it (except for the Best Addition to the Internet in 2015 and, according to … Continue reading

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The World In Which I Live

The World History Association’s annual essay contest offers a $500 prize to K-12 students responding to the question “In what way has the study of world history affected my understanding of the world in which I live?”. Deadline is May 1. … Continue reading

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