Friday, January 02, 2004

The Core Ideas of "Lessons from History: Essential Understandings and Historical Perspectives Students Should Acquire."

The Core Ideas of "Lessons from History: Essential Understandings and Historical Perspectives Students Should Acquire." This is an essay which gives good reasons why history should be studied in the k-12 curriculum in the USA.

From the site:

LESSONS FROM HISTORY provides a rationale for the study of history throughout the K-12 curriculum and specifies core ideas, themes, and topics that undergird both content and performance standards in United States history and world history. LESSONS FROM HISTORY was developed by the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The report represents more than four years of collaborative work by distinguished historians, classroom teachers, and curriculum specialists.


The study of history must reflect the three ultimate purposes of education in a free society to prepare individuals for (1) active citizenship, to safeguard liberty and justice; (2) a career of work, to sustain life; (3) the private pursuit of happiness, or personal fulfillment. Historical study supports all three goals, but is especially important in preparing students for citizenship and personal fulfillment.

Citizens without a common memory, based on common historical studies, may lapse into political amnesia, and be unable to protect freedom, justice, and self-government during times of national crisis. Citizens must understand that democracy is a process--not a finished product--and that controversy and conflict are essential to its success. For example, liberty and equality have been in conflict often in our past; yet both are fundamental values of American democracy. Students must learn that citizens are called upon to engage in the ongoing debate about the nature and purpose of constitutional government.

History, along with other humanities, helps develop a well-rounded person equipped to build a life of dignity and fulfillment. It creates connections with people in other cultures and places us in the chain that links the past and the future. The enjoyment of freedom and free choice comes from knowing the alternatives possible in public and private life. History opens the great casebook of human experience and helps prepare students for fruitful private life and public action.

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Society: History

Society: History This is the Open Directory category for history. It has over 12,000 sites listed divided into appropraite subcategories. It is an excellent place to being looking for history on the Web. Volunteers add sites and review submissions from the public. Very little crap or spam gets listed.