Education Headline Roundup
- The United States’ Office of Educational Technology has released a new policy report entitled Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Insights and Recommendations. The report offers high-level definitions and recommendations aimed at educators and administrators.
- Florida’s public university system has approved the use of a new and controversial college entrance exam known as the Classic Learning Test (CLT).
Teaching History: Learning, Unlearning, and Building Context in the Classroom
The study of the past is an essential component of a well-rounded education and a gateway to meaningful civic participation. Why, then, do 85% of eighth-graders score below proficient in U.S. history? Amid shifting sentiments on research, misinformation, and the impact of mass media on the historical record, we’re tackling the subject of how history is taught at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. We discuss the role that textbooks play in the modern history classroom and the difficulties that come with developing age-appropriate curricula covering difficult or sensitive subject matters. Bonus content: we review a few of the lessons we were taught as kids that haven’t stood the test of time, featuring George Washington’s teeth, indisputable rules of grammar, and the Industrial Revolution.
Sources & Resources:
Library of Congress – Abraham Lincoln papers: Series 2. General Correspondence. 1858-1864: Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley, Friday, August 22, 1862 (Clipping from Aug. 23, 1862 Daily National Intelligencer, Washington, D.C.)