A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep: The Joys and Challenges of Teaching a High School Survey

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This lecture considers the challenges of crafting a coherent, engaging high school American history survey course. It pays particular attention to addressing pressing pedagogical and intellectual concerns in a political climate that has made high school survey courses a lightning rod in broader political debates. What role do survey courses play in students’ emerging sense of themselves as citizens? How “celebratory” can and should such courses be? How do you turn information into knowledge in an era or smart phones?



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