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Humanizing History

This guy seems to get it. I look forward to reading his books. This passage from the article is particularly painful and has also troubled me throughout my career: “Like other history teachers, I spent most of my time teaching students about one-time events from the past that had little or no relevance to the lives my students would live in the present and future.” So what are we doing wrong?

Our system is not geared toward humanizing history in effective ways or cultivating empathy. The more I think about it, the more I realize that we might be too caught up in the methodologies of "multiple perspectives" and "critical thinking," which could actually distract from our ability to elicit the human condition. Those are crucially important, but are we missing something else? It seems like such an elemental concept, but one that seems to elude us time and again. Good luck Mike Maxwell! I look forward to reading your work.

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