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The Lack of Black Triumph in History Curriculum

A conservative argument for the benefit behind social studies & history education is that it is a source of national pride for students. Reading triumphs, which tend to be military, economic, and political, are meant to be fed to students for a steady diet that grows patriotism. Q1. If we take the conservative argument to be true, why does curriculum not include more stories of black triumph? In his book The Education of Blacks in the …

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How does the aversion of conflict lead to a stifling of student initiative?

It should be the goal of social studies education to produce and promote initiative among students. This means encouraging students to independently seek out injustices or areas that need change and to take action in making that change occur. This will undoubtedly put students into conflict with others, as all change comes at the expense of the status quo. This can be especially antagonistic when students begin challenging institutional racism, sexual disenfranchisement, and the lack …

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Name Changes of Native American Events

I have been reading The Education of Blacks In The South, 1860-1935 by James D. Anderson (1988) and have been thinking about one of Anderson’s arguments that southern Afro-Americans fought against deprivation and racism to promote and provide education for their young people. For instance, African Americans before, during and after Reconstruction often paid for the majority of school building construction and education materials, despite lack of resources and little aid from white-southern governments. Anderson …

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Part XI of The Current State of Assessing Historical Thinking: Conclusions

In the last part, described the difficulties of assessing historical thinking. Now, I will make some conclusions over the entire article series. Conclusion Considering educators did not treat historical thinking seriously until the mid- to late-1990s, there has been an impressive amount of research in how we measure and define historical thinking, on what data can be lifted from research experiments, and in how inquiry motivates students to succeed. In this literature analysis, I found …

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Part X of The Current State of Assessing Historical Thinking: Why Is It Difficult to Assess Historical Thinking and Inquiry Based Learning?

In the last part of this article series I described how National History Day motivates students through inquiry assessment. Now, I will answer the following question; Why is it difficult to assess historical thinking and inquiry based learning? Also, I will describe how a study over German students ability to think exemplifies the difficult of assessing inquiry. It is laborious to measure students’ cognitive abilities in history. When considering assessing historical thinking and inquiry, teachers …

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