many students spell history b*o*r*i*n*g. They regard
history as a jumble of disconnected facts. The word
they use to describe history is "irrelevant."
result is that too many students are ignorant of
the most basic information about American history. The
2001 U.S. History Report Card concluded that 57 percent
of high school seniors could not even perform "at
the bottom of the achievement ladder"; 32 percent
performed on the bottom rung; 10 percent performed grade-level
work; and only 1 percent were advanced or superior.
about the past is more important than ever in the
21st century. Our society's most pressing problems are
rooted in history. Knowledge of history is essential if
we are to avoid the mistakes of the past. Students without
an understanding of history lack an essential component
of citizenship and of global understanding.
teaching resources are designed to help instructors
at all levels bring the past to life and to help
students understand that knowledge of the past is our best
guide in making decisions that will determine our future.
are inquiry-based, interactive modules designed to give
students the opportunity to do history: to conduct research,
analyze primary sources, and draw their own conclusions.