This week, I watched “The Dark Ages” on the History Channel. I love history – almost any era, but with a particular fondness for ancient
Young people don’t seem to care about history, or in many cases, have the slightest bit of historical knowledge. Maybe that’s because in today’s world of instant technology and fleeting impressions, anything older than one day is perceived as of no consequence. They don’t see how what happened in the past affects them. Or is it the way it’s taught – or not taught – in schools? If it’s taught as just a bunch of dates and places to remember with no connection to today, it’s no wonder students don’t care to learn.
Recently in one of my Public Relations classes, I tried to make a point about how certain events are life-defining for different generations – events that forever changed their way of thinking or behaving. For the Greatest Generation of my parents, it was
My students are a bright group, and of course they understood how 9-11 changed their existence. But I could tell that they had no clue as to how
The historian David McCullough spoke a few months ago at our local
History teaches us more about today than yesterday. Here’s hoping we don’t lose that teaching.