Contemporary Politics of Teaching History | Newberry

Contemporary Politics of Teaching History

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Robert Johnston, University of Illinois, Chicago
Full, waitlist available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In this discussion-oriented seminar we will survey, analyze, and debate a number of controversial issues related to the teaching of history at the K-12 level. Topics will include the current pedagogical politics of multiculturalism, the arguably left-leaning tilt of much history teaching and the concomitant problem of a lack of ideological diversity in the classroom, the contention that Howard Zinn both is a poor historian and actually disempowers ordinary people (along with vigorous defenses of Zinn), and the fracas over the remaking of the AP US History exam. Ultimately, we will seek to figure out the proper connection between teaching history and civic life. Does, in fact, democracy depend on inculcating into youth a critical appreciation of the past?

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 7, 2016. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.